Former Ravens defensive back Ed Reed joined The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and shared his thoughts on the current climate of America. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, many are rightfully demanding change.
Reed is among them, and the Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on what it will take for a real change to happen. To him, it begins by getting everyone involved.
“We have to have better communication. We have to address the elephant in the room as people … Everybody needs to speak on it. Everybody from all walks of life, all backgrounds, ethnicities, creed," Reed said.
Putting it in the context of sports, Reed likened it to being on a team. Not everyone is the same but when all participate and work toward a common goal, success typically follows.
"When you play sports, when you’re on a team with people from different walks of life, and you have to look after each other and count on each other, race and all that stuff goes out the window when you are in the locker room," Reed said. "When this world and country functions as a team does, and in order to win a championship and in order to be successful, you have to be on the same page.”
Reed said the time for change in America is now, and by doing so, current and future generations will be able to have positive experiences in life. The future of the country includes Reed's own children and the numerous other lives he touches through he charitable acts.
“A lot on the mind as always … but I have a son, I have my nieces, my nephews. I have a bunch of kids that my foundation helps out," Reed said of the current climate in America. "So, you have to think about the future. You can’t look at what’s happening now (in our country) and (be) thinking that it’s over."
"This is not the end, it’s a new beginning. Just thinking about these kids and their future," he added.
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