Eric Reid Invitational - Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation in Baton Rouge
Upon arrival in the Bay Area, Reid wasted no time making his mark in the professional ranks. In the first two games of his NFL career, he recorded two interceptions and established himself as the 49ers everyday starter at free safety.
Reid finished the 2013 season as the only player in the NFC to record four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. His aggressive playing style did not go unnoticed and Reid earned an invitation to the 2014 Pro Bowl, becoming only the second rookie in franchise history to do so.
The 49ers coaching staff recognized its prized safety with the Thomas Harrison Memorial Award, a distinction presented to a rookie or first-year player who has taken advantage of opportunities and uses them in making a positive impact on and off the field.
A student of the game, Reid is a true competitor always striving to improve. Known as a player who arrives early and stays late, his success is a product of the commitment to his craft. That drive is what keeps Reid ranked among the best safeties in the NFL.
Born December 10, 1991, Eric Todd Reid is a safety for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played collegiately for Louisiana State University, where he received first team All-American honors. Considered one of the top safety prospects in his class, Reid was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round (18th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Reid was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and attended Dutchtown High School. A multi-sport high school athlete, he played football, basketball, and ran track.
Reid finished his career at LSU as one of the top defensive backs in school history. He earned second-team All-American honors following his sophomore season in 2011. In 2012, as a junior, Reid was tabbed a consensus first-team All-American. In 2013, the San Francisco 49ers traded up in the draft in order selecting the talented safety with the 18th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Welcome to the Eric Reid Invitational! I am both humbled and honored to be the host of this great event, which benefits the Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation.
It is with great enthusiasm that I continue my commitment to God. As with all meaningful things, it starts and ends with love.
John 13:34: A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
I have been blessed to live the dreams of many young boys and men. I have played for one of the most notable universities in our country - LSU. And today, I stand shoulder to shoulder with outstanding athletes in the National Football League, suiting up for the San Francisco 49ers.
I cannot express my excitement enough to be involved with this event and organization. All this wouldn’t be possible without the help of numerous sponsors and volunteers, most notable our title sponsor, Brock Services. Brock’s commitment to this event and the BRSCAF has been unparalleled and without it, none of this would be possible. This kind of teamwork is the what makes great victories.
The Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation provides support and advocacy to individuals living with sickle cell disease in Southeast Louisiana. It is our prayer that the efforts of this event will help to continue the mission of this organization that has been serving those in our community for over 41 years. Please, review their website at www.brscaf.org and join me in making a difference!
We thank each of you for “helping to break the sickle cycle”.
Eric T. Reid, Jr.