By Mark Gaughan
Buffalo Bills all-time great receiver Andre Reed is pursuing a career in coaching and has been accepted into the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program.
Reed, 49, retired from the NFL after the 2000 season and has kept a connection to the game via a variety of national broadcasting jobs. In January he served as receivers coach for the Casino Del Sol college all-star game in Tucson, Ariz. He was on the staff of long-time former University of Arizona coach Dick Tomey. That same month he served as a player ambassador, tutoring participants, in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles. The Collegiate Bowl is an all-star game that used to be called the Texas vs. Nation Game.
The minority fellowship was created by Walsh, San Francisco’s late Hall of Fame coach, in 1987. Its objective is to use NFL training camps and offseason workout programs to give talented minority coaches opportunities to break into the coaching ranks. Reed, the Bills Wall of Famer and seven-time finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ranked third in NFL history in catches and fourth in yards at the time of his retirement. The minority fellowship candidates don’t have their team assignments yet for this summer's training camps.