Reggie Dupard – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
John Curtis Christian/SMU/NFL
Reggie Dupard rates as one of the best football players in John Curtis Christian School history. He was part of a squad that posted a 42-1 record, including three state titles during his prep years (1979-81). He also ran track and was an all-state basketball player.
During the 1980 season, Curtis took on powerhouse Acadiana High School in the Louisiana Superdome. J.T. Curtis, the head coach of the small private school from River Ride, La., used Dupard at running back (he was a full-time cornerback) for the first time. The Patriots found the speedster on a screen pass to the sideline and he ran the distance for a touchdown to get things rolling in what finished as a 27-7 victory.
“That was the game that let us know we could play with the big boys,” Dupard said. “After that, while I was there, we never lost (again) to 4A schools. That was the game that gave us the confidence that we could beat anybody.”
Curtis finished that season 15-0 for the first time in school history. The school has become one of the top powerhouses in Louisiana.
Following his prep career, Dupard moved on to be a collegiate star at Southern Methodist University (1982-85) where he was an All-American selection at running back. He is the only player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and is still the school’s third-leading rusher (as of 2020) with 3,772 career yards. His 5.9 yards per carry over his career is still number one at SMU. He also scored 43 career touchdowns (41 rushing, two receiving, fourth all-time at SMU as of 2020).He also ranks seventh all-time at the school in rushing attempts (635).
Dupard was selected in the first round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He played with the Patriots from 1986 to 1989 when he was traded midway through the season to the Washington Redskins. He retired after the 1990 season. In his five seasons in the NFL, he played in 51 games with 704 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Born October 30, 1963, Dupard was inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.