Reichow first Viking honored
Thursday, December 06, 2012 2:05 AM
When Decorah's Jason Olejniczak was inducted into the Iowa High School Football Players' Hall of Fame this fall, he actually became the second Viking honored.
Jerry Reichow was the first, inducted in 1999.
Garet "Jerry" Reichow played for the Vikes from 1949-52. During his senior year, he was named first team all-state at quarterback, leading the team in passing and scoring.
Reichow went on to have a successful career at the University of Iowa from 1952-55. As a three-year letter winner, Reichow played quarterback and defensive back, leading the team in passing and interceptions. His senior year he was named the team's MVP, graduating as the all-time leader in total offense. In addition, he was named the MVP of the East-West Shrine game. Reichow also played basketball for Iowa, with the Hawks advancing to the Final Four in 1955.
Reichow was drafted in the fourth round of the 1956 draft by the Detroit Lions. He played on the 1957 NFL title Lions' team as a receiver. He was later traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, which won the 1960 championship.
In 1961 Reichow was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he remained for eight seasons. He played wide receiver, where his 11 touchdown receptions in one season stood as the single-season team record for 34 years, and later moved to tight end.
Following his successful career on the field, Reichow became a scout for the Vikings, advancing to Director of Player Personnel.
He currently resides in New Mexico.
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