If Reed walks away, it should be with...

If Reed walks away, it should be with his head held high

There are 19 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 7, 2008, titled If Reed walks away, it should be with his head held high. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Not the fans, not the Ravens, definitely not Reed himself. It's tempting to plead here for Reed to just take a seat, to take a pass on playing against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium , to not even ...

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Daniel

Grapevine, TX

#1 Sep 7, 2008
Yeah, your better off changing your to support a religion bent on converting or slaughtering everyone else and where women get treated like dirt and men can wander around and "temporarily" marry whoever they want for like an hour.
Ali Vali

Raleigh, NC

#2 Sep 7, 2008
If Reed walks away, most people can not live with it because they know that Reed can still play at a high level. His injury is a serious one and if it ends his career, it's going to be a SAD day in Baltimore. The greatest SAFETY ever lived better not walk away like this. Please God, help him through this. We want more of Reed. I will never get tired watching him play. He always finds a way to change the momentum for the team, but our offense has never returned his favors!! We get Field Goals from his GAME BREAKING plays!! Sad ain't it??
Jon of Rising Sun

Butler, PA

#3 Sep 7, 2008
Well said David!!
This is Ed Reed's decision alone. Not the fans! I am an avid Ravens fan and have been guilty in the past for tirades against players for not playing on Sunday due to what I see as "small" injuries. As David said, when it deals with the nerves and the neck, these are serious quality of life issues. No one should question a player about this. Especially when we are talking about Ed Reed! I know he has a great advisor in Ray Lewis in his ear about this situation!
Ed, take your time....only you will know the best decision for you!
TJM

Annapolis, MD

#4 Sep 7, 2008
great points after
WVTERP

New Castle, PA

#5 Sep 7, 2008
Are you kidding me? The reason these guys get paid the kind of money they due is for the risk. They all have taken every shot or pill they can find while in college to play and now we should be concerned about their quality of life? Someone tell him to get his(HOF???) ass on the field period!!! I don't even know what Daniel was talking about??? And then the comments from Ali in Ali, Ali land??? Jon from Rising Sun must think that Ed and The U spits out Doctors because only they know what to do about their bodies??? Oh my God!
easywriter01

Rochester, MI

#6 Sep 7, 2008
Why should Daunte Culpepper have a job? Because he's black?
ibg

Westminster, MD

#7 Sep 7, 2008
WVTERP wrote:
Are you kidding me? The reason these guys get paid the kind of money they due is for the risk. They all have taken every shot or pill they can find while in college to play and now we should be concerned about their quality of life? Someone tell him to get his(HOF???)**** on the field period!!! I don't even know what Daniel was talking about??? And then the comments from Ali in Ali, Ali land??? Jon from Rising Sun must think that Ed and The U spits out Doctors because only they know what to do about their bodies??? Oh my God!
Ofcourse only the player knows what to do about their bodies, thats pretty obvious. You either are a child or very immature. Theres more important things than football. Reed is contemplating playing football for a few more years or not being able to turn his head for 40. He is weighing the game he's loved and played for all of his life against having a life after football without serious pain every single day of his life...you must be a child or maybe you are really this ignorant and lack any understanding... Some things are more important than a contract
Dave

Charles Town, WV

#8 Sep 7, 2008
Nice column. I couldn't agree more. I get a little annoyed with C-mac collecting millions a year and missing 10 games for knee swelling because he is afraid of getting his knee scoped. But this sounds serious. Ed Reed has given his all as a Raven, but when it comes to serious health issues, these guys need to respect their and their families wishes, and not a football team and its fans. That being said, here's hoping that he can continue his brilliant career without taking any excessive risk.
B-more

Baltimore, MD

#9 Sep 7, 2008
Give me a break...take a steroid shot and get your pansey a$$ on the field. A pinched nerve in the shoulder is not a big deal. I went back on the softball field after tearing my ACL the prior inning. Typical defensive player....likes to hit but can't take a hit.
Pete

Middletown, DE

#10 Sep 7, 2008
It does indeed seem like Kelly Greg had and still has the only real injury on the team. Odds are that when the preseason rash of injuries is only to the starters and they suddenly all get better in time for the first game, ...only a true knucklehead would call it something else.
ravensfan

Shippensburg, PA

#11 Sep 7, 2008
to (b-more) you apparently never had a pinched nerve , i had one in my neck 5 years ago and still have problems every day so it is a big injury
MDR295

Ann Arbor, MI

#12 Sep 7, 2008
hurts like hell doesn't it?
Marcus

Henniker, NH

#13 Sep 7, 2008
It will be a real sad, sad day for Ravens fans if he has to walk away because of this injury, he's the best safety in the game right now and our best player. I've never experienced anything like his injury but it sounds bad and I wouldn't blame him if he walked away, I'd like him to stay in the game but fans should leave that decision up to him.
Pat

Glenolden, PA

#14 Sep 7, 2008
I eagerly await the time later in the season when, after they get sick of his contract whining and such, the Bengals change Ocho Cinco's uniform number just to mess with him.
AJj74

Sterling, IL

#15 Sep 7, 2008
easywriter01 wrote:
Why should Daunte Culpepper have a job? Because he's black?
Wow! When was the last time you had an orgasim. You have built up frustration for what reason? The idea of Culpepper is the desperation that true Raven fans had to see success this year. The article was not even about QB and you decided to type something about race. LOL-LOSER
WVTERP

New Castle, PA

#16 Sep 7, 2008
ibg wrote:
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Ofcourse only the player knows what to do about their bodies, thats pretty obvious. You either are a child or very immature. Theres more important things than football. Reed is contemplating playing football for a few more years or not being able to turn his head for 40. He is weighing the game he's loved and played for all of his life against having a life after football without serious pain every single day of his life...you must be a child or maybe you are really this ignorant and lack any understanding... Some things are more important than a contract
Hey Ibg, you and your soccer mom mentality are pathetic! By the way this game is for men! I know they allow women on this site as well but your not serious??? There are plenty of jobs in the world that require physical risk such as Police and Fireman and these people just can't walk away because they get a pinched nerve. How about the millions he's alreay cashed in on?
Victor

AOL

#17 Sep 7, 2008
If he becomes paralyzed, will the idiots saying he should play be happy with the outcome? I believe life is more important than football. BTW, Police and Firemen don't tackle 200 to 250 lb men everyday. Football is one of the most physical professions there could be. Of course, when you're from West Virginia you don't get a proper education.
Mongo

California, MD

#18 Sep 7, 2008
Talk about being premature and stirring the pot with this column. Way to generate some hype, Steele.

Ed Reed is NOT done. His injury is NOT serious. He has a nerve impingement apparently NOT due to a skelatal injury (that would be serious). Nerve impingements (stingers and burners) are painful, can reduce range of motion and can be a distraction, and are very difficult to treat. They are not career ending, especially in the shoulder. Football players deal with sort of injury on a regular basis.

Reed can play, but he will have to decide if it is worth playing with the pain and discomfort. There is no risk of permananent paralysis due to injury in his case, or he would have been placed on the IR.

Looks like Ed decided to suck it up and play, which is a sign of a tough competitor.
Rob

Stevenson, MD

#19 Sep 7, 2008
Another off based column from another idiot Sun columnist. How low can the Sun paper sink? I can't believe that whoever is charge of approving these columns for publication actually still has a job, not to mention the people that write them.

I'm still amazed that they are people that will actually like and agree with what this paper puts out like Jon of Rising Sun and Dave of Nottingham....

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