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The Texans Got Ed Reed a Walker for his Birthday

Street Talk The Texans Got Ed Reed a Walker for his Birthday

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I’m still pretty upset that Ed Reed didn’t just retire following Super Bowl XLVII.

Though I’m on board with the Ravens’ decision to let him walk, it’s going to be quite painful to see #20 walk out on the M&T Bank Stadium field as a member of the Houston Texans next week.

Speaking of pain though, Ed’s seemingly been in plenty of it this offseason, as he’s yet to suit up for the Texans – he was inactive for their opener, and will reportedly be a game-time decision again this week.

His new teammates in Houston decided to have a little bit of fun with him on his birthday yesterday.

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Reed walked into the locker room on Wednesday to find a rather large present next to his locker wrapped in colorful paper. He unwrapped it to find a gag gift.

“It’s a platinum walker,” Reed said, via The Houston Chronicle.

Don’t worry, the 12-year veteran was also given a classy birthday cake with a Hall of Fame jacket on it. But the walker stole the show.

“Because his birthday’s on 9-11, we were asking him, like, ‘Where were you at on 9-11? And he was like, he was in college in his senior year,” cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “And I was, like, ‘Wow, I was a junior in high school.’ So, yeah, it is funny.”

Here’s a photo, via Greg Hurst of KHOU:

You won’t find a bigger Ed Reed fan than me, but that’s pretty damn funny.

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I'm not upset about Reed not retiring one bit. For 11 years this man destroyed his body for us. 61 interceptions. 13 returned for touchdowns including a couple from deep in his own end zone. Enough punishing hits to fill a highlight reel rivaled only by perhaps Brian Dawkins. His mentoring of all the young guys along the road was invaluable. He made the players around him better. Ed Reed was the most exciting Raven I ever watched and I think a lot of people will agree with me about that. Any time he had the ball in his hands he was a threat to score. He wasn't perfect of course. Sometimes he would blow a coverage going for the home run. It seemed to happen more as he got into the twilight of his career. The injury to his neck and then later his hip compromised his tackling ability and then a little of his speed began to go. Despite his issues he was still at the top of the league at his position. Maybe not the very best, but I'd still put him in the top 5 last season. We all knew the Ravens weren't going to give Ed another payday after last season. His age and his injuries were well known to the coaches and the front office. Perhaps they got a little complacent after having him back there in the secondary for so long. The grass is always a little greener on the other side of the fence? We'll see how that works out for our secondary this season. Honestly I was a little worried he would retire last season, but I was happy he didn't. There most likely wouldn't have been a second Lombardi in Baltimore without Ed Reed. When Ray announced he was retiring I knew Reed would retire or be leaving Baltimore despite Ozzy telling the fans he wanted to keep him here. So we hear in the offseason that Reed has signed with Houston. It burned a little a first, despite knowing it was probably coming. I wanted to believe what Newsome said was the truth. When I think about it I'm happy for Ed more than anything. He got his last big payday on his name alone. Should he not have tried to get more money for his family if he felt he would still be able to play and the Ravens didn't think he was worth the money? Is Unitas any less of a hero here because he finished his career in San Diego? It's ok to be a little upset in just over a week when he might step onto the field at M&T wearing a white and blue jersey instead of purple and black, but hopefully most of you can get past that and just be happy for him. I'll wear my #20 Ravens jersey until the threads fall apart. Sorry this post was so long, but I just had to get that off my chest.

Mac in Va
Mac in Va

No need to apologize cb52, we understand. #20 plays for Houston now but he purchased those "two tickets to paradise" in Baltimore.


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