Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Steve Reid

Steve Reid


  • Position: Guard
  • School: Northwestern
  • High School: Chicago, IL (Leo HS)
  • Years: 1934-1936
  • Inducted: 1985
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth: Dec 16, 1914
  • Place of Death: DesPlains, IL
  • Date of Death: Oct 31, 2009
  • Jersey Number: 44
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 192

Member Biography

Steve Reid played football at Leo High School in his hometown of Chicago before enrolling at Northwestern where he became a three-year letterman for the Wildcats. He was captain and Most Valuable Player for the 1936 Big Ten Champions and was also Northwestern's most widely-picked All-American since Pug Rentner. Reid stood proud in defeat as well as in victory throughout one of the most exciting schedules of the 1936 season. A 5-9, 192-pound guard whose forte was blocking, he was often called upon by Coach Pappy Waldorf to pull out of the line to lead the interference. Reid played in the East-West Shrine Game and, in 1961, was named to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S "Silver Anniversary" All-America football team. During World War II he served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was awarded the Presidential Citation with three battle stars. Reid became Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Evanston Hospital, and Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University. He has been a Wildcat team physician since 1950, and earned national recognition by conducting a football helmet study which measures intensities of impacts in order to reduce head and neck injuries.