Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed says he felt lied to in the eight months he spent with the Houston Texans in 2013.
In a 50-minute interview on Bleacher Report’s “Untold Stories with Master Tesfatsion,” Reed said he was recruited to Houston with a pitch to be a respected veteran voice. But that wasn’t the case when he got there.
“You actually brought me in, recruited me, and asked me to tell you the things that I’m telling you,” Reed said [at the 40-minute mark of the interview]. “And when I started saying that stuff, they shrugged me off. It was like, ‘Nah, that’s not how we do it.’ So I was lied to. I’m too old to be lied to and I’m too old to play these games with people who say you’ve got to play the game to get higher. I’m not playing the game. I ain’t got time for that. I’ll go do something else.”
The Texans had a dreadful season, going 2-14. Head coach Gary Kubiak was fired mid-season and Reed was released after appearing in 7 games. He finished the season (and his career) with Rex Ryan and the Jets.
Reed also said he feels he’s still be playing today at age 41 if he remained in Baltimore.
“If I’d have stayed in Baltimore, I’d still be playing today,” Reed said. “I know so. I had everything going the right way. I had my doctor, training, everything.”
After retiring, Reed spent a year as an assistant coach with the Bills. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot in 2019.
In January, Reed was named chief of staff for the football program at the University of Miami, his alma mater.
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