Reed continues to be inspired by Brigance

January 31, 2013 | WNST Staff


(on what influence O.J. Brigance has had on him and the team) “O.J. has meant a lot. What can I say? For what he’s going through (ALS) to still take the time to encourage us and motivate us to be good men. Not just by his example, but just what he’s going through, what he’s living with. He said from Day 1, do not treat me any different. He honestly meant that and hasn’t changed. He just told us to be patient with him and still talk with him. O.J. has been a great man, before and with what he’s going through, he’s been a great man and a great friend to me. He’s been a lot of help for me to be a professional and to understand my role when I first got here to Baltimore.”


(on his thoughts about Bill Belicheck) “The bad part about this is that you all ask the question, but don’t write down everything that someone says. People only get a part of what the comment was. I don’t have to say much about that. My heart is in Baltimore. The question is, ‘Would I play for Bill Belicheck?’ Yes. What football player wouldn’t play for Coach Belicheck? Will I be in New England? Most likely not. It’s just terrible that people get half of the story, and it’s even (worse) when you hear the comments that they make toward you, but it comes with it.”


(on which team has had more distractions from player comments during this week) “I honestly haven’t turned on my TV in my room yet, so I don’t watch anything outside of what I see in the cafeteria and our lunch room, and what you guys ask or tell me about. I heard about Randy (Moss) saying that, and I guess he feels he has a great argument, but I watched Jerry Rice. I’ve got a lot of respect for Randy Moss, but I watched Jerry Rice and his work ethic and him on and off the field and how he’s represented the game. He has never pulled his pants down as a touchdown celebration and done certain things to diminish his legacy. I’m not saying that Randy has done that, but you have to play the game a certain way and do things the right way before you consider yourself to be somebody like that. He is a great receiver and has been a great receiver for a long time, but you have guys out there like Lynn Swann and Jerry Rice who really played the game, and Chris Carter. You’ve got to really be mindful of the things you say, of course to you guys, because things tend to get blown out of proportion. But I’ve got a lot of respect for Randy Moss and what he’s done over his career.”


(on what makes Vernon Davis such a special player) “He does it all. He’s a beast. He’s one of those guys that you all say has ‘it.’ He catches touchdowns, he’s blocking. I’m surprised they haven’t ran him yet, handing him the ball, but he’s somebody you really have to know where he is at all times and be mindful of what he’s doing, because they give him the ball, for one. You have to give him the ball. Why wouldn’t you? But whoever is covering him, whether it’s me, (safety) Bernard (Pollard), or anybody on our team covering him, you have to be really mindful of where he’s at.”


(on if the two best safety groups in the NFL are playing in this Super Bowl) “That’s probably the reason why we’re both here. It’s probably why San Francisco is here and we’re here, because of the safety groups. But I’m sure (Dashon) Goldson and (Donte) Whitner would say they couldn’t do it without their front seven, and we can’t do it without our front seven, either. There are no individuals, and there’s no tandem that could do it without those other guys, and I’m very thankful for Haloti (Ngata) and Ray (Lewis).”


(on if the safety position is more important than it was five years ago) “No, I don’t think so. I don’t know about that. For one, you can’t do it without those other guys. Our position is crucial, because you have to do a lot of communication. There’s a lot of communication. You’ve got to talk to linebackers, you’ve got to talk to corners, sometimes I’m talking to linemen and defensive ends, so it is a lot of communication that we have to do and get done. I know (49ers defensive coordinator) Vic Fangio, he was here and the defensive scheme that they run over there, so I know there’s a lot of communication in it. That’s probably why both teams have had the success that we’ve had over the years, even now, getting to this point. I’m not going to say it’s (the safety position) not important, because it is important. All positions are important. Is the safety position more important than any other one? No, but there is a lot that we have to get done.”


(on how the safety position has changed over the years) “I think just from a covering standpoint, and being that the league has gone to a ‘quarterback league,’ so to say. I’m glad to be a part of a defense that went against the best with (Tom) Brady and Peyton (Manning), and a bunch of other guys throughout this season. San Francisco has two. (Colin) Kaepernick, he poses a lot of problems also, so it’s prepared us to go against great passing offenses. He presents something different with his running, but it definitely has changed, the position has changed, because you have more passing going on. We faced two teams in two weeks, and we figured we played 160 plays or something like that, and half of those plays are passes. You can’t be a stout defense and not have great safeties on your team.”


(on if there is a trend in recent years of Super Bowl teams having great safeties) “Yeah, I mean, look at New York. With Antrel (Rolle) and Kenny Phillips over there, who just so happen to be Miami guys. But yeah, you have to have somebody in that last line of defense who is getting guys lined up and making plays back there. I watch games, some Sunday night, Monday night games, Thursday night games, where you see San Francisco and those guys making plays. I’ve seen (Dashon) Goldson making those interceptions. I’ve seen (Donte) Whitner making those hits. I remember one that sticks out to me, when he hit the guy from New Orleans in the playoffs last year. If I’m not mistaken, he fumbled the ball. So those guys are definitely flying around. I tend to watch every safety on tape. We can get so many pointers from each other. I always tell guys that. Make sure you’re looking at the safety that is playing on the field when you’re still in tape.”


(On if there will be any banned substances that will eventually be allowed for healing purposes) “It’s tough, because you have to have someone who really knows medicine and who you’re affiliating with. It’s not certain that it’s going to boost your play, so to say. Steroids are a little bit different, so I’m not talking about that. We know that it’s not good for kids and the long-term effect of that. If there’s no long-term effect that’s going to tear your body down, but it can help you heal, that’s different. I work hand-in-hand with my doctor, so I know the things that he’s helping me with, that help me to prevent the aging sort of things that you get in your body. Most of my teammates—and I tell them all the time—you think just eating healthy is going to be the thing. You eat vegetables and you’re eating grilled chicken and grilled fish, and that’s enough. It’s not. It’s not enough. For this sport, it’s not. I don’t think they do enough medical-wise in the NFL to help us, to get past not only the concussions, but the wear and tear that we go through. It’s a long grind. You’ve got training camp. Yeah, they did some things with the CBA, but trust me, it’s still tough. It’s still a long way to go. There’s a way to go about doing it. We’ve taken some great steps, but we’ve also taken two steps back in the process, because at the end of the day, some players lead, but the players are not the ones that are being treated fairly. I think when it comes to the medical standpoint, how we’re being fined. I’m not doing anything different in the training room now that I did in high school. There’s still the same ‘stim’ machines, there’s still ice and hot tub, there’s no difference. There’s really no difference, honestly. You might have a couple other little machines, but it hasn’t been too much of a difference. I know what my doctor does for me, that a lot of other guys don’t do that can help, but it’s on you as a player to spend that money on yourself, to invest in yourself. Don’t just buy that car and put the 22s on it. Put that $2,500 into your body and watch your business excel. I think the league can take some of that money that they take from us, that they make in the preseason, and put it into our training rooms to help us be successful and live a better life after football.”


(on how to improve player rehab and recovery) “That’s been my whole thing since I had my hip surgery, has been rehab and recovery. I’ve stressed rehab and recovery because that’s the biggest part of it. You have to rehab after this season. You have to go right into that, your recovery process. Most of those guys, I don’t know if they do that or not. I’m not working out with everybody, but you have to have some type of recovery. That’s more of what’s in you. It’s inside your body. We all look good on the outside, but if you go to the doctor, what’s the doctor going to treat you for? He’s going to treat you for your symptoms. He’s not going to treat you for what the core problem is. That’s probably the biggest thing. We don’t have the medical support in our training rooms. Sometimes, you really need to go outside of your training rooms, your training staffs to get medical treatment. Or ask your trainers how can you get better treatment. I know Smitty (Mark Smith) does a great job, and when we had Bill (Tessendorf), he did a great job too, but some things, they just didn’t have access to and we have to pay for.