Ed Reed's interview on 105.7 The Fan last night rambled on for more than 20 entertaining minutes, so there were a few interesting comments that couldn't be squeezed into my story published in Thursday's newspaper.
Reed on fans who criticized him on Twitter: "The fact of the matter is that people don't understand that football players are regular people just like them. And half of them don't understand the business. And most of them just want you to entertain them. There's a lot of good fans out there, but there's also a lot of bad -- I don't want to say bad people, but a lot of people who just want to try to get on your nerves and stuff like that, man. I'm not the kind of person to hold my tongue. I've been through a lot in 10 years of my playing career, now going on 11, I'm not a guy to hold my tongue and not speak up for my teammates or not speak up for players."
On teams not showing their loyalty to their players: "It's not about money. It's a business. There are two sides to every business. This has been going on for a long time. I was a San Francisco fan when Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott and those guys where there. And I watched Joe Montana get cut and go to K.C. and still ball. ... You wanted to see Jerry Rice stay. Does it happen? No. But when a team cuts a player, who's wrong then?"
Reed on meeting former 49ers defensive backs Ronnie Lott and Eric Wright: "Me and the [Ravens defensive backs], we took a trip to Vegas, as we do. We try to take trips. We take a trip in the offseason just to fly in and talk about the season and how it happened and what we want to accomplish coming up. And I'm sitting at a blackjack table watching my guys play cards, watching my financial advisers play cards. ... And Ronnie Lott walks up with all his DBs, man. And Eric Wright, who I just was watching the highlight of, walks up to me, man. I'm like, 'This is Eric Wright and Ronnie Lott,' and they're more excited to see me, and I'm like, 'Man, y'all don't know. Y'all my squad.' ... They're the reason I wanted to play football. For me to meet them, and with no other DBs around. I'm looking for Jimmy [Smith]. I'm looking for Bernard [Pollard]. I'm looking for [Lardarius] Webb. None of these guys are nowhere to be found. And Eric Wright pulled me to the side and said something to me, and I was like, 'Man, whooo, if I play, if I play this year, it's on and popping."
Reed on New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis possibly holding out again for another new contract: "They don't throw my way. There's a reason why they don't throw my way. Alright? There's a reason why. I'm just saying. The truth is the truth. Alright? This is it. There's three people on the career list of interceptions that's active right now. Three people. There's two cornerbacks and one safety. ... There's another cornerback in New York for the green and white talking about holding out and getting paid, too. He's been playing for five years and he has  interceptions, okay? My plan is to meet up with [career interceptions leader] Paul Krause, God rest his soul. But when I go to talking about the business side of things, trust me, I know what I'm talking about. You can take it as whining and complaining as you want to. Babies whine. I'm a grown-ass man, dawg. Alright? So I know where I'm at with my business. I know I didn't already played out my contract."
Reed on his plans for the start of the season: "At least be watching Sunday and Monday night football on my sofa, man, and watching these guys play some real good football. Don't you watch football on Monday and Sunday nights? Hey just so you know, I'm going to always play football. I have a flag football tournament."
Reed on Kobe Bryant saying that the 2012 U.S. men's basketball team could beat the Dream Team: "Kobe is definitely not dancing around that question. Because there's no comparison to ever that Dream Team."
Reed on what he will teach kids at his annual youth football camp: "The camp is just about giving kids the information that they need to go to school. That's it, bud. The information they need to know what it takes in life to make it academic-wise to get to college. You know, I was one of those kids who didn't have the information to know what they need to meet the requirements to get to school, whatever school it may be. And also to teach kids techniques that wasn't taught to me when I was a kid, whether it was tackling or just basic running techniques. That's why we're having the problems today with a lot of concussions and all that stuff."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times