Russell "Big Daddy" Reader Junior. was an American football player.
Reader was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan.
After World World War II, Reader enrolled at Michigan State University and played at the halfback position for the Spartans football team in 1946 and 1947. Reader was considered a triple-threat player, as he handled rushing, passing and kicking duties for the Spartans. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 21st round (195th overall pick) in the 1947 NFL Draft.
Simkus played in two games for the Bears in the 1947 NFL season, and began the 1948 season with the Bears as an understudy for Sid Luckman at the quarterback position.
He was also a renowned swimmer and diver. He started the 1949 season with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League and finished the season playing for the Windsor Bulldogs in the Canadian American Football League.
Reader died in 1995 at age 72 while living in Milford, Michigan.
After graduating from Dearborn High School, Reader enrolled at the University of Michigan where he was a member of Fritz Crisler"s 1941 Michigan Wolverines football team