Texans safety Ed Reed got quite the birthday surprise from his teammates, a walker.
Reed turned 35-years-old on Wednesday. While not old by normal standards, he’s a senior citizen in the NFL. To celebrate his status around the league, his teammates gave him a walker for his birthday.
For his part, Reed got the joke. He told the Houston Chronicle that it was a “platinum” walker. The walker was wrapped and presented to Reed by free safety Daniel Manning. Reed was also presented with a Hall of Fame blazer birthday cake.
Linebacker Brian Cushing joked about Reed’s slowly greying hair. He told ESPN all Reed needed was a little hair dye and he’d be “good.”
Ed Reed knows the walker is a great sign of the relationship he has already built with his new teammates.
Despite his locker room popularity, Reed has not played a snap yet as a Texan. He was signed in the offseason to anchor a suspect pass defense after spending his career with the Ravens. Houston knew about his hip injury before inking him to a two year deal.
Reed is currently listed as day-to-day on the Texans’ injury report. He has been limited in practice as well.
Both he and Houston know it’s better to let Reed get healthy for a potential playoff push and Super Bowl run. There is no real reason to rush the future Hall of Famer back to action and take a chance with his health.
The fact of the matter is that with Reed in the lineup the Texans are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Without him they are the same team they have been the last two years. A good playoff team but not great.
Do you think a walker was an appropriate gift to get Ed Reed for his birthday?