Reed’s text to Johnson: ‘Get me to Houston’

Reed’s text to Johnson: ‘Get me to Houston’
July 30, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Reed: 'I don't need any extra motivation'

Ed Reed has been a nine-time Pro Bowler.

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Ed Reed was the Texans’ big free agent acquisition this offseason.

While his status is in doubt for the first game of the season (read about it here), Reed was a big get for the Texans.

And it started with a text message.

Reed and Andre Johnson have been friends dating back to their days at the University of Miami. The two have kept in touch and remained friends over the years since, so it was only natural for Johnson to contact his friend after Reed’s Ravens won the Super Bowl.

“Andre just said congratulations,” Reed said on Tuesday morning. “He said congratulations and it was more my comment to him.”

What was that comment?

“Get me to Houston,” Reed said.

Reed, who was a first-round pick of the Ravens in the 2002 draft, said it was “kind of set in stone” that he wouldn’t be returning to Baltimore.

Now nearly 35, Reed spent 11 seasons in Baltimore and nine of them were Pro Bowl seasons. He admitted there are things he misses about Baltimore but said he was excited to come to Houston; it was like when he left Miami to go to Baltimore after being drafted.

“There’s one thing I know, Baltimore is always going to be there,” Reed said. “It’s not going to float off the map. I can always go back. Do I miss it a little bit? Yeah, I miss certain things about it, but that’s part of life.”

Reed was able to leave Baltimore on a very high note. The 2012 Ravens beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. On Tuesday, Reed was asked about the Texans’ chances at a Super Bowl victory.

“The pieces are here but we still have a long way to go,” he said. “The Super Bowl is a long way from now and we still have a lot of work in training camp. This is only the first week. We still have a long way to go, still have a lot to learn.”

The last question of the near-15 minute media session offered Reed a chance to make a stylish exit and he took full advantage of it. The Ravens, Reed included, met with President Barack Obama after their Super Bowl win, which is customary for championship teams.

Reed was asked if he exchanged numbers with the president.

“No, man,” he said. “I know how to get to him though.”

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