As future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed mulls whether or not to return for a 13th NFL season in 2014, he has other issues to tend to. According to Jennifer Bauer of Local 2 News in Houston, $50,000 was stolen from his car.
Per the report, someone smashed Reed's window and stole a bag containing the money when the 35-year-old entered a Bank of America. He had just withdrawn the money from another bank, and it is unclear at this point why he decided to stop at Bank of America as well.
Police believe the thief or thieves followed Reed from one bank to the next.
CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora provided more insight into what happened with the robbery:
Ed Reed was moving out of his apartment in Houston and closing bank accounts when he was robbed of $50K. tough year for him in that regard— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 13, 2014
Reed has been robbed twice in 54 weeks - his home in Maryland was robbed last year during Super Bowl week when he was in NOLA w/ the Ravens— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 13, 2014
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted what is likely on the minds of many fans:
Will Brinson of CBS Sports couldn't pass up an opportunity to crack a joke by referencing Reed's signature move after forcing a turnover:
Hope the guys who jacked $50K from Ed Reed at least lateraled the bag after stealing it.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 13, 2014
Should Ed Reed play in 2014?
After 11 fantastic seasons with the Baltimore Ravens that culminated in a Super Bowl win to cap off the 2012 campaign, Reed signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans. Due to injuries and ineffective play, the Texans released the nine-time Pro Bowler in November.
The New York Jets scooped him up, where he played under former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. Reed played seven games for the Jets and racked up three interceptions while serving as a mentor to the other defensive backs.
He proved that he may still have some gas left in the tank, and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh believes that he is still capable of playing at a high level, according to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com:
Ed can still play. Leadership's a big thing. He can teach the guys how to study; he's got the film sessions with the guys and all that stuff ... He's a special leader. And with the Jets, he and Rex are going to be on the same page.
Reed has quite the NFL resume, although he could potentially cement his place in history by returning. He is sixth on the all-time interceptions list with 64. He is just one pick behind Ken Riley, four behind Dick "Night Train" Lane and seven behind Rod Woodson.
With a great season, Reed could ascend to No. 3 on that list, so perhaps that will motivate him to return.
At the same time, he would be wise to put his potential return on the back burner for now as he and the Houston police attempt to sort out the circumstances surrounding the burglary.
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