Former Bills receiver Andre Reed, a Hall of Famer, on his budding career as a celebrity:”After I go to some thing I’m really worked up about, I put 100 per cent into it.”
Andre Reed, who ranks seventh in NFL history with 85 postseason receptions, became a household name by playing in four consecutive Super Bowls to the Buffalo Adventures at early 1990s, matches that were broadcast to tens of millions of fans across the country.
That background made Reed quick when television producer Peter Lenkov asked him at a party whether he had acting experience to answer three years ago.
“Each Sunday I acted on the football field,” reacted Reed, now living in San Diego.
This week, Reed received an invite for Lenkov’s new show,”Magnum P.I.” This turned out to be a welcome development for Reed, 55, who wants to cultivate his career in acting.
“The funny thing is that you do these little things and it turns in to something else,” he said Wednesday. “When I go to some thing I’m very worked up about, I put 100 per cent into it.”
Reed was a fourth-round selection of his NFL career blossomed along with people of quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas along with the Bills in 1985 — that Reed united in Canton, Ohio, upon his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Though he caught 951 moves for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns before his retirement after the 2000 season, when Lenkov known, Reed still had to earn his roster position.
After their meeting, of it being read by Reed Lenkov sent a script to Reed to memorize and asked to be sent back. Reed passed on the evaluation and has been flown into Hawaii — residing at exactly the hotel as his seven trips to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl — for taping. The shoot involved Reed being investigated to get a murder because an auto dealership’s overall director.
“That which is completed,” Reed said. “You can mess a couple times, but every time you awaken, it’s like, you’re money. You’re ruining .”
Despite having about five chooses to nail his lines, Reed performed well enough to get called in February into a shooting for”MacGyver” at a parking garage in Atlanta two days after superbowl LIII. The approximately six-hour shoot began at 6 rebounds and watched Reed, playing the role of a prosecutor, talking to a mobile phone outside his vehicle before being chased.
“Perhaps one of today I will cover an athlete,” Reed joked of being killed off to the series.
The entire cameo on”MacGyver” lasted about 10 minutes, however Reed found similarities to his playing experience in both the preparation and precision required for the brief appearance.
“I kind of just pictured myself in a certain situation in a game at which they were counting on me to make a grab or be that guy to produce the big play,” he explained. “What they watch on television, that you do not watch behind the scenes. Similar to what the fans see on Sunday, it’s — there’s a whole good deal of preparation that goes to that. All practice or week, picture work, every one of things that have to be studied to making everything work how it needs to.”
Reed, who has also spent his retirement promoting reading in more than 15 countries for the Girls & Boys Clubs of America, still felt the anxiety about this taping.
“It’s different than [when everyone else is ] watching you in a scene than when somebody is real near to you and watching what you’re saying,” he explained.