News Release

Junior Brent Reed Influences Lives One Play, One Day at a Time

By Daija Williams on
Friday, August 25, 2017

Written by Daija Williams, a senior communication major and communications assistant in University Relations

Brent Reed, a junior from Arlington, Texas, shows his love for people on and off the football field. Majoring in exercise science and wellness at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Reed works hard to positively influence the lives he comes into contact with on campus and in the community. With his love for sciencebrent reed and health, it only seems natural that Reed’s goal is to work in the medical field as a nurse specializing in administering anesthesia .

A full-time student and defensive tackle for Golden Eagle Football are a full-time commitment for Reed, but a hectic schedule does not stop him from learning new plays and finding time to add to his resume. For the past year, Reed has been employed at the Villa St. Vincent, a senior living center in Crookston, Minn., as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), one of Reed’s many accomplishments.

His favorite quote is by J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, “Success isn't owned. It's leased, and rent is due every day.” This quote represents him perfectly because Reed is always willing to go the extra mile to help others, while seeking always to improve himself.

When he was just 13 years old, he had the opportunity to play a football game at AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. This chance not only sparked his passion for football but his love for learning and gaining new experiences.

Brent ReedReed’s ambition comes from his personal trainer and Coach Ron Boston from Pine Bluff, Ark., who gave him the tools, insights, and motivation to play college football, which eventually led him to the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Tackling all of life’s challenges in the classroom, on the field, or on the job, he also works as a lab assistant for Lab Services Coordinator, Maria Lucio in the Math, Science, and Technology Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston, as well as a member of the Black Student Association (BSA). Some of his hobbies outside of school include golfing, working out, hanging out with friends, and taking naps.

Reed’s passion for saving lives is an inspiration to many. From classes, to football, to his work as a CNA, Reed looks forward to waking up every day knowing he will be able to touch lives. Reed has a bright future and he is set to excel in his work as he strives for improvement each and every day.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations