Rueben Mayes (born June 6, 1963) is a former American football running back from Canada who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) from 1986 to 1993. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his contributions while playing for the Washington State Cougars.
|Born:||June 6, 1963|
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
|High school:||North Battleford|
|NFL Draft:||1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Early life and high schoolEdit
He first gained notoriety as a running back at North Battleford Comprehensive High School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. In 1980, Mayes led the NBCHS Vikings to an undefeated season and the SHSAA 3A provincial football championship. In 1981, he set a provincial record in the 100 metres at the SHSAA provincial track and field championship that still stands.
Mayes played college football at the Washington State University in Pullman, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and finished tenth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1984. Mayes set single-season and career-rushing records (1,632; 3,519 yards) with the Cougars, and established an NCAA record for most rushing yards in one game (357 at Oregon in 1984). It was the Pacific-10 Conference record for over a quarter century, until broken by Ka'Deem Carey in 2012.
In 1995, a panel of experts commissioned by The Spokesman-Review named Mayes to the all-time WSU team. The honor was repeated in 1998 by Cougfan.com when it picked its list of the school's all-time greatest players. On May 1, 2008 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In August 2017, a group of panelists commissioned by the Pac-12 Network picked the 12 greatest Washington State players  of all time and Mayes ranked No. 1.
Mayes was selected in the third round (57th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award that year from the Associated Press, and although his NFL career was hampered by injuries, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice. After five seasons with the Saints, Mayes was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in April 1992, where he played the final two years of his career.
After football, Mayes became active in efforts to better educate at-risk youth. He later earned a master's degree and returned to WSU as an administrator. As of November 2018, he is Chief Development Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital. His son Logan was a three-star recruited linebacker at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, Oregon, and committed to play at Washington State, following his father's footsteps.
Mayes is one of the only five Saskatchewan natives to make it to the NFL, the others were Arnie Weinmeister, Jon Ryan, Ben Heenan, and Brett Jones. Mayes was the subject of a 1989 documentary film, The Saint from North Battleford, directed by Selwyn Jacob.
|Year||Team||GP||Att||Yds||Avg||Long||Rush TD||Rec||Yds||Avg||Long||Rec TD|
|1986||New Orleans Saints||16||286||1353||4.7||50||8||17||96||5.6||18||0|
|1987||New Orleans Saints||12||243||917||3.8||38||5||15||68||4.5||16||0|
|1988||New Orleans Saints||16||170||628||3.7||21||3||11||103||9.4||25||0|
|1990||New Orleans Saints||15||138||510||3.7||18||7||12||121||10.1||66||0|
|1991||New Orleans Saints||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- Stats that are highlighted show career high
- "Flutie can believe it now: the Heisman is his". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 2, 1984. p. 1B.
- Conrad, John (October 28, 1984). "Records fall along with Ducks, 50-41". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1E.
- Weaver, Dan (October 29, 1984). "357 yards, clouds of dust: so who needs a defense?". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 11.
- "Mayes left his mark(s) on Ducks". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 29, 1984. p. 14.
- "Pac-12 Network unveils picks for 12 greatest Washington State football players of all time". 247sports.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Devlin, Vince (April 30, 1986). "An early start, late finish for WSU trio". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1.
- Boling, Dave (April 27, 1992). "Ex-WSU star glad to join Seahawks". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C4.
- "Mayes, Millard to Seahawks". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). April 27, 1992. p. 1C.
- https://pullmanregional.org/how-to-help/foundation. Missing or empty
- "Future Coug Mayes Stands Alone". Scout.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- McRae, Ricardo (January 19, 2011). "Selwyn Jacob". Who's Who in Black Canada. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.