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Bishop Defensive End Ike Reid Signs with Indianapolis Colts

April 18, 2000

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University defensive end Ike Reid (Hartford, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) has signed a free agent contract with the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts, it was announced today.

The Colts, defending American Football Conference East Division champions, focused on defense in their 2000 draft, using 6 of 7 draft picks on defensive players, including 2 defensive linemen. Three of the Colts' first 4 free agent signings also were defensive players.

Reid is the first Ohio Wesleyan player to join an NFL team since nose tackle Keith Rucker signed with the then-Phoenix Cardinals in 1992. Inked as a free agent, Rucker went on to win a starting spot with the Cardinals and played 5-plus seasons in the league with Phoenix, Cincinnati, Washington and Philadelphia.

Reid was a second-team All-America pick by Hewlett-Packard and a third-team selection by the Football Gazette in 1999. He also was selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association's Division III all-star team that represented the United States against the Mexican National Team in the 1999 Aztec Bowl in Mexico City.

In 1999, Reid led Bishop linemen with 84 tackles, shared the team lead with 6 sacks, and led the Bishops with a total of 18 tackles for loss. He also forced 3 fumbles, recovering 1, blocked a kick and accounted for a safety. Reid finished his career ranked second on the Ohio Wesleyan career lists for sacks (26) and tackles for loss (49). He was a first-team All-NCAC selection for the second straight season, and was a third-team Football Gazette All-America selection in 1998.

Ohio Wesleyan finished the season with an 8-2 record, the Battling Bishops' best finish since 1992. The Bishops were 4-2 in the NCAC, good for a second-place tie in the final league standings. Ohio Wesleyan led the NCAC in total defense (234.9 yards/game) and scoring defense (10.1 points/game) and allowed only 97.9 rushing yards per game. Ohio Wesleyan's 36-0 win over Earlham on Nov. 13 was the school's 500th in football, making Ohio Wesleyan only the 10th NCAA Division III institution to reach that mark.