Brooks Reed saunters up to his locker at M&T Bank Stadium looking every bit his 32 years while simultaneously looking like the springiest chicken in all of Baltimore.
Reed’s Arizona Cardinals — doesn’t that sound nice? — have just fallen to the upstart Ravens, with Lamar Jackson dropping dimes all over the field, but Reed is little worse for the wear. And for a reason: On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, he played just four defensive snaps and 10 special teams snaps.
Life and football are a bit different for Reed now, a linebacker seven months removed from his release from the Atlanta Falcons, a decade after his time as an Arizona Wildcats stalwart and 15 years from a sensational career at Sabino High School.