A third-round draft pick in the 1991 NFL Draft of the Vikings out of Grambling State, Jake Reed only saw action in one game during his rookie year. While he didn’t see a single target during that contest, it wasn’t a sign of the career he had overall.
Reed didn’t really explode onto the scene until the 1994 NFL season when he started all 16 games. During that year, he caught 85 passes for 1,175 yards and four touchdowns, but that was just the start of his greatness.
His next three seasons all saw him gain over 1,000 yards through the air, as well as catching at least six touchdown passes during each of those years. He finished his career in Minnesota with 413 catches for 6,433 yards and 33 scores.
The shock of it all is that Reed was never named to an All-Pro First Team or the Pro Bowl during his entire career. An argument could be made that he is the most underappreciated pass catcher in franchise history. His lack of accolades alone certainly attest to that.