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Gary Reasons


Gary Phillip Reasons

Inducted 1996

Date of Birth



Crowley, TX


Northwestern State University (1980-1983)


Gary Reasons came out of Crowley, Texas, to star as a linebacker at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. He was the first player to be named three times to the Division I-AA (FCS) All-America team picked by the American Football Coaches Association. Reasons set school records with 172 tackles in a season and 394 tackles in his career. He made 24 tackles in a game against McNeese State. In 1983, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association voted Reasons the No. 1 defensive player in the state. The school retired his jersey, No. 34. Reasons was an honor student and graduated with a degree in business administration. He stood 6-4 in height and weighted 245. Reasons became a starter midway through his freshman season at Northwestern State. He played pro football with the New York Giants 1984-91 and the Cincinnati Bengals 1992. In 1994, he joined ABC-TV as a sideline reporter and analyst on football broadcasts.


Height 6'4

Weight 235

Career Highlights

  • 1983 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1982 First Team All-America (FCS)
  • 1981 First Team All-America (FCS)
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