NCCU QB Jordan Reid hauls in 'Good Works' accolade
Rows of desks formed the line of scrimmage separating N.C. Central quarterback Jordan Reid from a classroom full of elementary school kids at Global Scholars Academy on Wednesday.
Fifth-grader Rachel Brittian responded to a career question from Reid with a blitz, making it clear that she is going to be a football player someday.
Reid stayed in the pocket, stiff-armed the glaring gender issue and told the girl to never let anybody steal her dream.
“Nothing wrong with that,” Reid said to the 10-year-old.
There was discussion about bullying.
“A lot of professional athletes and myself go through cyberbullying,” Reid said.
And Reid figured he was done once he told the kids to stay in school.
Then NCCU associate athletics director for media relations Kyle Serba called an audible, throwing a wrinkle in Reid’s game plan.
Reid recently was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of just 22 college football players from across the country lauded by the Allstate insurance company and the American Football Coaches Association for community service. He is the first NCCU football player to earn a spot on the Good Works team.
“A lot of people don’t know their purpose in life,” Reid said. “But I definitely know my purpose, and that’s to serve.”
Reid and UNC Charlotte graduate student Breona Davis co-founded Adopt-a-Brother, which pairs kids with college athletes who serve as mentors, exposing the children to things like arts and crafts and sports.
In addition to that, Reid scrambles and finds time to build houses with Habitat for Humanity when his nose isn’t buried in a book. The guy’s got a 3.3 grade-point-average in recreation administration.
Of course, Reid this week was squeezing in time studying DVDs to figure out what NCCU needs to do to get a homecoming win against Morgan State on Saturday (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com).
Here’s an idea: NCCU left tackle Charles Goodwin and the rest of the Eagles’ offensive linemen need to make sure the Bears keep their paws off Reid, NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster said.
The S.C. State Bulldogs sacked Reid five times and beat NCCU 44-3 last week.
Foster was at Global Scholars Academy when Allstate representatives — and NCCU alums — Reginald Wright and Marcus Leazer presented Reid with a trophy commemorating his spot on the Good Works team.
Goodwin — Reid’s roommate and childhood friend — had his eyes on that prize. Reid figures it’ll somehow end up in Goodwin’s room. Goodwin, a consummate jokester, would tell you that he helped Reid earn that hardware.
“Charles Goodwin, left tackle,” Goodwin said, hamming it up while introducing himself to the students. “I make all of his throws possible.”
NCCU wide receivers DeMario Johnson, Thomas Dixon and Michael Crudup also showed up to support Reid, along with NCCU athletics director Ingrid Wicker-McCree.
Reid will join Good Works team members in New Orleans for a community project leading up to the Jan. 2 Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Good Works team needs a captain, and Reid could get the nod if enough votes come in for him at ESPN.com. Search for “Good Works” to locate the ballot.