Former Dutchtown High School star Justin Reid will play in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 as the starting safety for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl with a 23-20 victory over former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC championship game. The Philadelphia Eagles handled the San Francisco 49ers in a 31-7 victory in the NFC title game.
A fifth-year NFL safety, Reid joined the Chiefs after signing on March 18, 2022. He entered the league in the 2018 NFL Draft as the fourth round pick of the third round (68th overall) for the Houston Texans, after playing collegiately at Stanford University in California.
A native of Prairieville, he is the son of Eric Reid Sr. and Sharon Reid.
His older brother, Eric Reid Jr., also attended Dutchtown High School before acting at LSU. He was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the 49ers.
Eric Reid Sr. is a former three-time All-American hurdler at LSU, NCAA champion and school record holder in the 110m hurdles, and a member of the LSU Hall of Fame.
The Reid family was featured in a Times-Picayune article in 2018 when Eric Reid Jr. was a prominent voice in public speaking during the player protest movement, joining 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick.
Interesting notes on Justin Reid
- In addition to starting on the defensive end, Reid has shown his ability as a placeholder. In a Chiefs preseason game, Reid kicked one more point. He also started three times during the 2021 preseason while playing for Texas. In practice, he connected with a 65-yard kick.
- His charity, the J. Reid Indeed Foundation, supports youth and underprivileged communities through programs, community engagement, and access to technology.
- Reid will be among the top five from Louisiana to play in the Super Bowl. Rosters include: DeVonta Smith (Amite), Boston Scott (Zachary and Louisiana Tech), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Baton Rouge and LSU), and L’Jarius Sneed (Minden and Louisiana Tech).
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