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Rueben Mayes

Rueben Mayes
No. 36
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1963-06-06) June 6, 1963 (age 56)
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Career information
High school:North Battleford
(Saskatchewan, Canada)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:3,484
Yards per carry:4.0
Rushing touchdowns:23
Player stats at
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Rueben Mayes (born June 6, 1963) is a former American football running back from Canada who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) from 1986 to 1993. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his contributions while playing for the Washington State Cougars.

Early life and high school

He first gained notoriety as a running back at North Battleford Comprehensive High School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. In 1980, Mayes led the NBCHS Vikings to an undefeated season and the SHSAA 3A provincial football championship. In 1981, he set a provincial record in the 100 metres at the SHSAA provincial track and field championship that still stands.

College career

Mayes played college football at the Washington State University in Pullman, where he was recognized as a consensus All-American and finished tenth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1984.[1] Mayes set single-season and career-rushing records (1,632; 3,519 yards) with the Cougars, and established an NCAA record for most rushing yards in one game (357 at Oregon in 1984).[2][3][4] It was the Pacific-10 Conference record for over a quarter century, until broken by Ka'Deem Carey in 2012.

In 1995, a panel of experts commissioned by The Spokesman-Review named Mayes to the all-time WSU team. The honor was repeated in 1998 by when it picked its list of the school's all-time greatest players. On May 1, 2008 he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In August 2017, a group of panelists commissioned by the Pac-12 Network picked the 12 greatest Washington State players [5] of all time and Mayes ranked No. 1.

Professional career

Mayes was selected in the third round (57th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.[6] He won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award that year from the Associated Press, and although his NFL career was hampered by injuries, he was named to the Pro Bowl twice. After five seasons with the Saints, Mayes was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in April 1992,[7][8] where he played the final two years of his career.

Later life

After football, Mayes became active in efforts to better educate at-risk youth. He later earned a master's degree and returned to WSU as an administrator. As of November 2018, he is Chief Development Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital.[9] His son Logan was a three-star recruited linebacker at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene, Oregon, and committed to play at Washington State, following his father's footsteps.[10]

Mayes is one of the only five Saskatchewan natives to make it to the NFL, the others were Arnie Weinmeister, Jon Ryan, Ben Heenan, and Brett Jones. Mayes was the subject of a 1989 documentary film, The Saint from North Battleford, directed by Selwyn Jacob.[11]


Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Long Rush TD Rec Yds Avg Long Rec TD
1986 New Orleans Saints 16 286 1353 4.7 50 8 17 96 5.6 18 0
1987 New Orleans Saints 12 243 917 3.8 38 5 15 68 4.5 16 0
1988 New Orleans Saints 16 170 628 3.7 21 3 11 103 9.4 25 0
1990 New Orleans Saints 15 138 510 3.7 18 7 12 121 10.1 66 0
1991 New Orleans Saints 0 - - - - - - - - - -
1992 Seattle Seahawks 16 28 74 2.6 14 0 2 13 6.5 7 0
1993 Seattle Seahawks 1 1 2 2.0 2 0 - - - - -
Career Totals 76 866 3484 4.0 50 23 57 401 7.0 66 0
  • Stats that are highlighted show career high


  1. ^ "Flutie can believe it now: the Heisman is his". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 2, 1984. p. 1B.
  2. ^ Conrad, John (October 28, 1984). "Records fall along with Ducks, 50-41". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1E.
  3. ^ Weaver, Dan (October 29, 1984). "357 yards, clouds of dust: so who needs a defense?". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 11.
  4. ^ "Mayes left his mark(s) on Ducks". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 29, 1984. p. 14.
  5. ^ "Pac-12 Network unveils picks for 12 greatest Washington State football players of all time". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Devlin, Vince (April 30, 1986). "An early start, late finish for WSU trio". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1.
  7. ^ Boling, Dave (April 27, 1992). "Ex-WSU star glad to join Seahawks". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C4.
  8. ^ "Mayes, Millard to Seahawks". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). April 27, 1992. p. 1C.
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  10. ^ "Future Coug Mayes Stands Alone". Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ McRae, Ricardo (January 19, 2011). "Selwyn Jacob". Who's Who in Black Canada. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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