Reggie was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the consummate high school athlete, he led his football, baseball and track teams to state championships and received awards in football and basketball. An avid history buff in high school, Reggie became a sought after youth speaker, teaching black history at various colleges and service organizations throughout the state.
Reggie received numerous offers for academic and football scholarships. He graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a B.A. in Sociology. In the football program there he made All Conference as a defensive back. Additionally Reggie is a credentialed teacher with the state of California.
Reggie played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers and also in the World Football League.
Goals For Life Foundation:
Reggie started out teaching goal setting to migrant students; however he wanted a program that would be open to students of all ethnic groups. So he founded Goals For Life, a nonprofit organization. Goals For Life sends retired NFL alumni into public schools to mentor at-risk youth for a school year. Reggie believes that the formula for winning in sports also applies to the world of education, business and life. Reggie and the former professional athletes teach the kids that a goal is something you want for your future; then they help the kids develop their goals and show them how they can win in life. The players teach the students that everything is a game, so find out what the rules are, stay in bounds and play to win. Goals For Life has been helping youth for 27 years. During this time, over 100 former NFL players have received supplemental income as well as a sense of purpose from changing the lives of over 25,000 students.
Board of Directors NFL Former Players Association:
For seven years Reggie has been one of the elected members of the board; he is the longest serving board member in the history of the NFLPA. Reggie represents the interests of 19,000 former NFL players throughout the country. He was instrumental in bringing football related health and concussion issues up in front of congress, especially in regards to the impact on youth. Reggie has assisted in setting up studies to learn more about concussions and to help impacted retired players get free treatment. Reggie was recently elected by former players all over the country to be on the Executive Committee, wherein he negotiates with the active players on behalf of the retired players. This is a volunteer position and makes Reggie the highest elected individual in the NFL Players Association.
1998 Southern California Inter-Scholastic Federation John Wooden Award
Reggie is a lifelong student of history and sociology. He also enjoys golf.