Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has made his mark during Super Bowl week with his opinions on various subjects.
Reed opened the week by saying he agreed with Barack Obama in regards to the president’s reluctance about letting his son — if he had one — play football. Then Reed said he’d be surprised if teammate Ray Lewis really retired after this season.
Reed continued to be opinionated Tuesday, this time telling the Buffalo News that the late Junior Seau knew what he was getting into when he started playing football.
What about Junior Seau, I asked. Did he sign up for what happened to him?
“Yeah,” Reed said, “he signed up to play football. We all signed up to play football. Do you want it to happen? No. When I was on the golf course, did I want to hear that Junior Seau died? No. I grew up watching him play. That was a sad day, man, a sad day.
“I feel effects from it,” Reed said. “Sometimes I wake up and it’s ’Where did my memory go?’ But I signed up for it. Once that whistle blows and you’re between those lines, it’s time to play ball. You’re going to play it the way you know how. Junior gave everything to football, and I’m sure he’s looking down with no regrets.”
Seau committed suicide last year, and this month, researchers found signs of CTE on his brain, likely the result of repeated concussions.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor