NEW ORLEANS — Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed’s memory of Super Bowls in New Orleans can be summed up in three words and a symbol.
Punt, pass & kick.
Indeed, the St. Rose native may be one of the few Ravens to have played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since Baltimore’s last game in New Orleans was in 2006.
He’s hoping his memories this year are just as good. He’ll be playing in his first Super Bowl and it’s coming in his hometown.
“It was awesome,” Reed said. “I remember everything, really.”
In fact, Reed remembers Media Day, being on the field surrounded by credentialed press and, as this year’s playoffs went on, those memories began to creep back into his mind.
“I just started seeing those same visions as we started getting closer and closer to the Super Bowl,” Reed said. “Before we played the Patriots, I started seeing those images, but I wasn’t saying anything about it. It was just like, ‘Lord, for real? Is this real?’ I knew we had to play this game, and it’s just awesome.”
Equally special for Reed will be playing in the first Super Bowl in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
“It’s huge,” Reed said. “Being at home, this is special. For my first Super Bowl, to be playing in my first Super Bowl in New Orleans, I just want to do this for the city.”
It doesn’t hurt that his family will be around.
“You want everyone to come to the game,” he said. “Honestly, I could fill the Superdome up. I could fill every seat. I would love to, but you can’t, so I want my family to know that right now. Things are starting to get a little pricey, but I’m just grateful to go through it. I could do this every year.”