Jim Reeder
Personal information
Born:September 5, 1919
Tuscola, Illinois
Died:April 18, 1965
Champaign, Illinois
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-American (1939)

James William Reeder (September 5, 1919 – April 18, 1965) was an American football player. He played college football for the Illinois Fighting Illini football team from 1938 to 1939 and was selected by both the All-America Board and the Walter Camp Football Foundation as a first-team tackle on the 1939 College Football All-America Team.[1][2] He was invited to play in the East–West Shrine Game, but he declined to participate so that he could focus on his studies.[3] In December 1939, Reeder was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1940 NFL Draft (189th pick), but Reeder stated at the time that he did not intend to play professional football unless he received a reasonable offer.[4]


  1. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1178. ISBN 1401337031.
  2. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18.
  3. ^ "Reeder Declines All-Star Bid: Studies Keep Illini Star Out of East-West Game Jan. 1". Daily Illini. December 2, 1939.
  4. ^ "Green Bay Drafts Brewer, Reeder". Daily Illini. December 10, 1939.