Detroit King star Jaylen Reed is black football athlete of the year
Jaylen Reed, Detroit football star Martin Luther King, was announced on Tuesday as the winner of the 2020 Black Athlete of the Year award for football.
Intended to be a statewide award, the four finalists came from the Detroit area this year with Jaylen Reed receiving more votes than Belleville lineman Damon Payne, Detroit cornerback Cass Tech receiving Kalen King and West Bloomfield running back Donovan Edwards. Votes were collected by open ballot, with Reed bringing in 3,358 of the 6,294 total votes.
Reed is a 6-foot, 190-pound and safety linebacker for King, who is signed to play at Penn State next year. So far this season, Reed has recorded 55 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. The Crusaders (6-3) will continue their long season in the Division 3 regional championships on Saturday when they host reigning state champion River Rouge (7-1) at 1 p.m. King finished second in the Division 2 last season and the Division 3 champion in 2018.
Reed was also a Metro Detroit Dream Team selection And one Selected by the Associated Press Dream Team All-State this autumn.
The price is provided by The Black Athlete brand founded by John D. White, of Detroit, author of the urban fiction book “The Black Athlete”. White is also the men’s basketball coach at Detroit Renaissance. Previous award winners include Detroit King stars Jalen Jackson and Dequan Finn.
“This award was created to encourage the black athlete to strive for greatness, to uplift black athletes in the community, and to give recognition and honor to those who go beyond quitting,” White wrote in a statement. about Reed.