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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 football team.

Rueben Mayes
No. 36
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1963-06-06) June 6, 1963 (age 55)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Career information
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,484
Yards per carry:4.0
Rushing touchdowns:23
Player stats at NFL.com

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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 metre race at the SHSAA provincial track and field championship that still stands.

College careerEdit

Mayes played for the Washington State University Cougars, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and finished tenth in the Heisman Trophy race. 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 vs. Oregon in 1984). That was the Pacific-10 Conference record until being 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 [1] of all time and Mayes ranked No. 1.

Professional careerEdit

He was drafted in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He proceeded to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award that year from the Associated Press. Although his NFL career was hampered by injuries, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice. Mayes played five seasons with the Saints before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for the final two years of his career.

Later lifeEdit

After football, Mayes became active in efforts to better educate at-risk youth. He would later earn a master's degree and return to Washington State University as an administrator. As of November 2018, he is Chief Development Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman, Washington [2]. His son Logan was a three-star recruited linebacker at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene Oregon. He committed to play at Washington State University, following his father's footsteps.[3] Rueben is one of the only five Saskatchewan natives to make it to the NFL, the other four being 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.[4]

StatisticsEdit

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 - - - - - - - - - -
1992 Seattle Seahawks 16 28 74 2.6 14 0 2 13 6.5 7 0
1993 Seattle Seahawks 1 1 2 2.0 2 0 - - - - -
Career Totals 76 866 3484 4.0 50 23 57 401 7.0 66 0
  • Stats that are highlighted show career high

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pac-12 Network unveils picks for 12 greatest Washington State football players of all time". 247sports.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  2. ^ https://pullmanregional.org/how-to-help/foundation. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Future Coug Mayes Stands Alone". Scout.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  4. ^ 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.

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