NCCU’s Goodwin, Reid form winning bond
There are no grass stains on N.C. Central’s new uniforms, and Charles Goodwin’s job is to make sure that Jordan Reid’s stays clean.
Goodwin, NCCU’s left offensive tackle, is responsible for protecting the blindside of Reid, the team’s quarterback.
“He doesn’t appreciate it, though,” deadpanned Goodwin, a 6-6, 300-pound comedian. “He never did — never did, never will.”
Not that Goodwin would use a matador blocking technique and allow big defensive linemen to get through and cream Reid to teach him a lesson.
“I can’t let them hit little bro,” Goodwin said. “I love him.”
Goodwin has had Reid’s back for years.
“He was my middle-school center,” Reid said. “I have no worries on my blindside.”
These two have been pals ever since they were about 10, Reid’s mother, Cynthia, said, and they still live around the corner from each other back home in High Point.
“I always had to go to the grocery store before Charles came over,” Cynthia Reid said. “He wasn’t picky. He just wanted food and cherry Kool-Aid, which I always had ready.
“He’s the only person, other than Jordan, who could come in the house, speak, go in the refrigerator, open pots on the stove, sit on the counter, lie in the floor, change the TV and go to sleep in the middle of the floor while watching TV and nothing was said.”
NCCU’s recruiting radar was on both Reid and Goodwin while they were at Andrews High School in High Point, but the two accepted offers to play at Winston-Salem State.
“Two quality young men from quality families,” said Delaware State coach Kermit Blount, who previously was at WSSU and recruited Goodwin and Reid to the school. “Those are two kids I genuinely love. I love those two.”
Blount still remembers that table full of food that was spread out at Reid’s home when he showed up to sell him and his parents on WSSU.
Both Goodwin and Reid suffered injuries not long after arriving at WSSU and didn’t play in any games for the Rams, although Blount said that they would have been on the field as freshman if they had been healthy.
As it turned out, WSSU wasn’t a good fit for Goodwin and Reid, a package deal who were committed to landing together at their next school, which is how they became Eagles.
Goodwin was a defensive lineman at NCCU before moving to the other side of the ball toward the end of the 2011 season. A year ago, Goodwin started all 11 games as NCCU’s left offensive tackle, earning a second-team all-league spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Reid became NCCU’s primary signal caller a year ago after replacing Matt Goggans in the first quarter against Duke. Reid started the final eight games of the season.
NCCU and Duke open their 2013 seasons against each other on Aug. 31 in the Bull City Gridiron Classic at Wallace Wade Stadium.
The Eagles are coming off of their first winning season since 2007, finishing 6-5 overall, 5-3 in the conference.
Blount said he is not surprised that Reid has emerged as a playmaker in the MEAC.
Goodwin said Reid not only has gotten his body in great shape but his psyche is stronger, too.
“He’s changed his mentality a whole lot,” Goodwin said. “He’s way more comfortable than he’s ever been being a quarterback, and that’s what we’re going to need going into this year.”
As redshirt seniors, Goodwin and Reid could go their separate ways after this season. A MEAC championship would send them out in style.
Teammates for sure, Goodwin and Reid are more like brothers, Cynthia Reid said. They’ve been roommates since bunking at WSSU.
“They celebrated their 21st birthdays together last year,” Cynthia Reid said. “A good friend of the family brought over two huge, Fred Flintstone-sized, T-bone steaks for each of them to enjoy. Charles ate his in four bites.”
Goodwin has been watching what he eats, showing up to training camp even more muscular than before.
“He’s still a little chubby to me,” Reid said.
If they were a comedy act, Reid would be the straight man, leaving plenty of room for Goodwin to unleash a personality that matches his frame.
At NCCU basketball games, Goodwin sits courtside and lets the other team absolutely have it.
“Everybody knows the type of guy I am,” Goodwin said. “The joking at the basketball games and stuff, that’s just my personality. People always told me it’s a time and a place for everything.”
Goodwin said he has learned how to lock in when it’s time to strap up and play football.
“I had to put a lot of playing to the side and still know how to be myself at the same time,” Goodwin said.
Cynthia Reid has a particular interest in making sure that Goodwin keeps it locked in.
“I bribe him during the season with food to protect Jordan,” Cynthia Reid said.