The sun is creeping up over the Mississippi in New Orleans, and Ed Reed might still be partying.
The Ravens safety and area native was among the most ebullient players (among many) on their side, with a big cigar clenched in his teeth and at one point belting out Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise” in the middle of his post-game interview.
But it was a different kind of music he was thinking about as he celebrated in his hometown.
“This season, man I’m ready to kick my feet up, but I can’t,” Reed said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I’m ready for Rebirth [Brass Band]. Ready to second-line all the way up Poydras [Street], man. We about to walk all the way back to the hotel like we do it in New Orleans.”
But while he’ll need some rest, the 34-year-old who has battled multiple injuries insisted he wasn’t ready to retire like that other high-profile defensive teammate you may have heard something about.
“This is not it,” Reed shouted. “This is not it. I’m not done.”
Reed’s dealt with a torn shoulder labrum, and was in and out of the game last night. But he said that when the adrenaline wears off and he has some time to assess things, he’ll make a decision, but is inclined to play longer.
“It’s all about right now,” Reed said. “I’ll reassess things the way I always do and we’ll tune in and get back to you all. It’s all about the moment. I’m not even thinking about this. I love this game. If I’m able to do it, I’ll be doing it.”
Reed will be a free agent in March, and at his age, could be a luxury buy for a team that has money earmarked for quarterback Joe Flacco.
But whether it’s New England or someone else, there will be a market for a guy who continues to make plays, on the biggest stage.