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OCC People:  Quarterback Son of NBE Featured on ESPN

12/31/2013

By Fleming Saunders
Public Affairs Operations

Virginia Reed, a national bank examiner in the Dallas District Office, enjoys watching her 15-year old son Will play quarterback for a local high school. Recently, as she and her family relaxed in the 19th row of the Rockwall High School stadium, the quick-witted sophomore launched a wild 51-yard touchdown ramble that wound up on national television.

NBE Virginia Reed and her son, Will.

NBE Virginia Reed and her son, Will.

On weekdays, his mom is Financial Analyst to Gil Barker, Deputy Comptroller for the Southern District. And like a real-life version of the Texas-based television series “Friday Night Lights,” her 6-foot tall son leads the varsity offense for his 2100-student school in suburban Dallas.

In the October 18 game against Tyler Lee High School, Will Reed and his Yellowjackets pulled off a play that became an instant YouTube sensation. In the final play of the first half with 12 seconds left, Will dropped back to pass, saw no receivers open, and sprinted down the field for 20 yards. About to be tackled, he lateraled the ball to a running back who scampered for more territory before lobbing to a wide receiver who tumbled into the end zone for a touchdown.

The feat went viral—from a local Internet show to broadcast and cable networks. The wacky, seemingly never-ending 21-second play ran at least five or six times a day on ESPN’s SportsNation and ESPN’s Top Ten. The Bleacher Report sports site linked the video with the headline “High school team laterals twice:  Scores ridiculous TD.”

At the game Virginia Reed witnessed more than just a well-timed lateral from her talented son. All told he passed for a stellar 391 yards and two touchdowns, as his team came from behind to win 43-33.

“I was so proud of how hard Will prepared for games each week,” she says. “While he was also making all A’s in the classroom.”

Last Updated: 03/19/2014