Former LSU safety and Dutchtown high school alum Eric Reid has worked long and hard for this week to come. The NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night and Reid has heard there's a good chance he'll be taken in the first round, likely a mid-to-late selection.
"I've actually had a couple of dreams about it this past week," smiles Reid, "It IS my dream, I'm living my dream. I'm blessed and very fortunate. It really doesn't matter what team I go to. I'm doing what a lot of other people aren't able to do, so I'm very blessed for that."
So what do those dreams entail? Are they all fairytales, or do a few left out nightmares creep in?
"They're all good. I'm in different places, hearing them announce my name. One time I was watching on TV. I'll find out the real thing Thursday."
But in the end, Reid admits the process is out of his hands.
"It's a waiting game for me. I'm trying not to think about it too much, but it's obviously there. Thursday night is the big night. You sit in that Green Room and watch the phone."
Reid is a walking piece of iron, standing 6'2 and weighing a chiseled 212 pounds. During his LSU career he set great examples for youngsters as a role model on and off the field.
Reid was named a first team All-American this season and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll while with the Tigers.
He describes his greatest memory as the first game he truly played in at LSU, against the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium during the 2010 season. Filling in for an injured Brandon Taylor, Reid says he immediately tackled Tide running back Mark Ingram in the open field, who was just coming off winning the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore.
"After that I knew I'd be alright playing college football," Reid recalls, smiling ear to ear.
His worst LSU memory should be no shock. Alabama's 21-0 win over LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship will never be forgotten.
"We were undefeated up to that point and that's the toughest pill I had to swallow in my football career. Up to that point, the SEC Championship was the only championship I had won at any level."
How often do LSU fans still ask him about it? How many want answers to the perceived mystery of what went wrong?
"All the time, all the time," now smiling even wider than recounting the Ingram story, but quickly becoming more serious, "All I can say is, we lost and that's the bottom line. We didn't execute well enough to win the game. Alabama came out with a great game plan and they beat us."
But in the end, Reid's positive memories at LSU avalanche the negative ones. The Tigers posted a 34-6 overall record during his three years, including that 2011 SEC Championship team that finished #2 in the country.
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