After Nebraska When the Omaha World-Herald released their 100 Greatest Athletes in Nebraska History, Reynolds was list at No. 45. Reynolds passes away in Lincoln in 1985.
At Nebraska Before Reynolds arrived in 1950, the Huskers had not had a winning season since 1940. At just under six feet tall, Reynolds led the Huskers to a 6-2-1 season. During the 1950 season the Cornhuskers put up a lot of points: in wins 49-21, 40-34, 33-26, and 32-26, in losses 49-35.
For his efforts Reynolds was named a First-Team All-American and earned it as he set a new school rushing record (1,342 yards), a school touchdown record (22), and set an NCAA record for most points scored per game by one player (17.4)
Reynolds is remembered by many fans for his final touchdown run against Missouri in 1950. Reynolds run only totaled 33 yards in the statistics book, but Reynolds easily covered over 100 yards as he ran backward, forward, and side-to-side, reversing the field an astonishing three times before crossing the goal line for the winning touchdown.
Reynolds career was tragically cut short by various injuries. Reynolds would separate his shoulder, break his leg and have a lime-in-the-eye infection. These ailments would drasticly slow down Reynolds over the next two years.
However, Reynolds still set career records for scoring (211 points which lasted 22 years) and rushing (2,196 yards which lasted 21 years). Reynolds single season rushing record would hold up for 32 years and his touchdown mark of 22 in a season would hold up for 33 years.
Before Nebraska (Grand Island High) Reynolds excelled in football and basketball while at Grand Island. In basketball Reynolds’s teams went 44-1 and won two state championships. Reynolds real success came on the football field where he led Grand Island to back-to-back undefeated seasons and state championships in 1947-1948.