2004 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Parents: Elijah and Julia Williams
Sons: Julien, Jarren, Kellen
Reggie was born in Flint and spent his first years on Flint’s north side where he attended Parkland Elementary. His family moved to the Southside of Flint where he attended Stewart and Scott Elementary, Whittier Junior High and graduated from Flint Southwestern. While at Southwestern, Reggie was an outstanding athlete playing football. He was also a member of the wrestling team. However, football was his strongest sport.
In football, Reggie went from starting linebacker, his junior year to a fullback on the varsity squad his senior year. His senior year against Bay City, Reggie carried the ball four times for 100 yards in that victory.
At Dartmouth College Reggie matured into an outstanding linebacker. He made All Ivy League three years in a row and in 1975 his senior year, he was named to the All American team, leading Dartmouth in tackles for three seasons.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1976, Reggie was drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals. This marked the beginning of an illustrious 14 year football career. Reggie played in two super bowls during his NFL career and in one of those super bowls at the Detroit Silverdome he played against his high school teammate Rickey Patton. When Reggie retired from the NFL he was tied for fourth place on the NFL all time fumble recovery list. He earned the reputation as a super athlete with talent not only on the field, but off the field as well.
In 1982, Reggie was the Bengals Man of the Year, an award given to a member of the team for their community service and in 1986, he received the prestigious NFL Man of the Year award also for community service. He was the recipient of the Hutchinson award and the Jackie Robinson Humanitarian award.
Reggie lives in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and works for Disney World in the Department of Sports Attractions.
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