Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jordan Reaves Looking to Make Transition from Basketball Back to Football

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jordan Reaves Looking to Make Transition from Basketball Back to Football

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Jordan Reaves is back as a football player


Jordan Reaves has reunited with his first love.

Reaves is a football player again after concentrating solely on basketball for the past 10 years. Despite the absence, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers put Reaves, 25, on their negotiation list, a move Reaves validated at a CFL regional combine last month in Edmonton.

But the six-foot-five, 220-pound Winnipeg native admits he has plenty of catching up to do in order to make the team his father, Willard, starred with in the 1980s.

"Absolutely, I'd be stupid to think I could jump into this and be good to go," Jordan Reaves said via telephone from Winnipeg on Wednesday. "I definitely have some work to do. I've got to sharpen up my skills, I have to watch film and basically re-learn the game.

"The game has definitely changed since I played and there's being at the pro level with all the big boys and people who can play. But I thrive under pressure . . . this just seems like a big obstacle for me but when I see an obstacle I smile because I know I'm going to crush it the best way I can."

Willard Reaves spent five seasons as a running back with Winnipeg ('83-'87), three times cracking the 1,000-yard plateau and in '84 being named the league's outstanding player after rushing for a league-high 1,733 yards. The three-time CFL all-star capped that campaign by helping the Bombers beat Hamilton 47-17 in the Grey Cup.

Jordan Reaves hasn't signed with Winnipeg although talks between the club and his agent, Montreal-based Darren Gill, continue. Reaves is hopeful he'll be under contract in time for the Bombers' pre-season camp in Florida next month.

Reaves played football growing up before moving full-time into basketball because his high school didn't have a gridiron program. Reaves then played collegiately at the University of Brandon (2009-'14).

After university, Reaves spent two months in Europe trying to earn a pro contract, first arriving in Spain then attending tryouts in Slovenia and France before returning home. That's when neighbour Demitris Scouras, a former CFL kicker, encouraged Reaves to resume playing football. …

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