WR Reed inspires

Bills' second-round pick wide receiver Josh Reed defines humble, just as 1999 first-rounder Antoine Winfield did when he got to Buffalo. Both took their college accomplishments in stride, confident in their abilities, but careful not to boast. [Excerpt from Josh Reed feature in Shout!'s post-draft issue introducing all of the Bills' draft picks, plus complete Drew Bledsoe and off-season free agent coverage -- on newstands the first week of May.]

"I got lucky playing football in high school. I just happened to get lucky and get a scholarship and chose LSU," said Reed, a native of Rayne, La. who was a running back at Rayne High and at LSU as a redshirt freshman in ‘99. "When I was in high school, it was never a dream of playing in college. Then when I was in college, it was never a dream of playing in the pros. Every kid wants to, but I never thought it would happen. It's still unbelievable now, believe it or not."

The 22-year-old obviously finds it hard to comprehend his success, even though others think he's God-like.

Check out this story from an LSU fan found on the Internet. After the Tigers upset nationally-ranked Tennessee 38-31 in Death Valley on Sept. 30, 2000 – and Reed scored three touchdowns on seven catches for 146 yards – LSU fans stormed the field in celebration. One fan hugged Reed and ripped the yellow mouthpiece from his helmet as a memento of the game (others simply chose to tear down the goalposts). Anyway, another fan, upon seeing the mouthpiece, grabbed it from the guy and put it in his mouth. Now he wears it when he plays flag football somewhere in North Texas!

That's gross, but that also illustrates how Reed inspires people.


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