D.J. Reed, New York Jets
D.J. Reed, New York Jets, Getty Images

Reed’s explanation should quiet fans who were grumbling over his apparent exultation during a blowout

Some things are bigger than football.

Late in the New York Jets‘ 24-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, free agent acquisition D.J. Reed elevated for a spectacular interception of Lamar Jackson. Following the pick, he ran to the middle of the field, dropped to his knees, bowed his head, and raised his arms to the sky.

With the team down multiple scores, Reed drew some criticism on social media for this apparent decision to celebrate. The only thing is, he wasn’t celebrating.

When asked about the play in a postgame interview, Reed explained what was really going on: his father passed away earlier in the day, and he was dedicating the interception to him.

“My dad passed away literally right before this game,” he said. “I was emotional, still emotional… so that pick was for my dad. It wasn’t celebrating… That was much deeper than football.”

Reed later took to social media himself to further pay tribute to his father.

Needless to say, most tweets criticizing Reed’s decision to “celebrate” his interception have since been deleted.

Although the game’s outcome did not go the way the Jets had hoped, it was as good a debut in Green and White as Reed could have hoped for. Pro Football Focus gave him a 90.3 grade, the third-best among all corners across the league (pending tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos).

Reed justified that grade by yielding zero receptions on six targets (five per Next Gen Stats), recording a pass breakup and that leaping interception.

The new Jets corner certainly paid fitting tribute to his dad with his play. While not as flashy as Brett Favre’s four-touchdown performance in the same tribute or Kwon Alexander’s epic production in memory of his slain brother, Reed honored his father on an emotional day.

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Ian Roddy is a football writer currently working towards his masters at USC. He brings a versatile journalistic skill set to Jets X-Factor with both writing and audio. Email: roddy.ian66@gmail.com
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Jim G
Jim G
14 days ago

This is just so typical these days, for many people it is more important to say something, anything, without determining that what they are saying is accurate. And when they are wrong, they shrug their shoulders, deleted their post and act like “we’re good, right?” NO, we’re not good, neither are those who post wrong comments.

Robert725
Robert725
15 days ago

Ok, that makes a lot of sense! See you next week. Just extend THIS season! Just WIN baby!