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Matthew Reed
Date of birth: November 30, 1951
Place of birth: Winnfield, LA, USA
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Grambling
Organizations
 As player:
1974
1975
1976-77
1977-78
Birmingham Americans
Birmingham Vulcans
Toronto Argonauts
Calgary Stampeders

Matthew Reed is a former professional gridiron football player, starring at quarterback in the World Football League (WFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL).

A graduate of Grambling State University, Reed was a 10th round selection (240th overall pick) of the Buffalo Bills in the 1973 NFL Draft but did not play in the league. Reed began his pro career with the Birmingham Americans of the WFL. In 1974 he backed up George Mira, completing 77 of 188 passes (41%) for 1345 yards and 11 TDs and 12 interceptions. He was part of their championship team. In 1975 he became starter of the newly renamed Birmingham Vulcans, but had a poor year, completing only 38.9% of his 208 passes, for 1252 yards and only 4 TDs and 11 interceptions. He did rush for 347 yards and 6 TDs. In the WFL's short history, Reed manage to be the league's 10th leading passer (in yards).

Reed later played 3 years in the CFL, all as a back-up QB. He played 18 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 1976 and 1977, and finished his pro career with the Calgary Stampeders in 1977 and 1978.

While with the Argonauts, Reed backed up CFL star Chuck Ealey. As noted in the Toronto sports press, this was the first time in professional football that a team had a tandem of black, or afro-American, quarterbacks running a team.

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