SANTA CLARA — Back in April, Eric Reid held his breath for a moment waiting to hear whether the New Orleans Saints would draft him out of LSU.
They passed, and the standout safety wound up out West with the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers instead. It has been a great fit so far.
"Upset? Well, that's just the way it is," Reid said. "I did hold my breath for a little bit, I won't lie, because that's my hometown state. After that happened I was just looking for the next team to come around, and like I've always said, I couldn't be more thankful for the 49ers picking me."
Reid immediately emerged as a hard-hitting, playmaking rookie and has a team-best five takeaways for the 49ers (6-3). He sure hopes a second concussion won't sideline him for Sunday's game at the Superdome against Drew Brees and the Saints (7-2).
"I've been looking forward to this. That's my home state," Reid said. "I've been watching Drew Brees and those guys for a long time. This is part of my dream, to get to play in that stadium against Drew Brees and the Saints. Hopefully, I can do my part and get a win."