November 15, 2009

Emotional day for four-star receiver

Most don't look forward to Friday the 13th. Thibodaux (La.) four-star receiver Trovon Reed could hardly wait.

On Friday, Nov. 13, the Rivals100 recruit was set to accept an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was set to announce his choice of playing college football at Auburn University. He and his teammates had a first-round playoff game.

More importantly, it was all set to happen on his mother's birthday. Just eight months earlier, his mother, Roszaina Johnson, passed away after a battle with stomach cancer.

The night before, Reed knew he had a long day ahead of him. He knew it would be an emotional one. Reed went to bed early that night. He fell asleep fast. Any plans of a good night's rest were quickly scrapped.

"I woke up at 12 and said a big-ole prayer for my mom for her birthday, and I really couldn't go back to sleep after that," Reed said. "It was like she was keeping me up. I stayed up all night."

Friday morning, even without the rest, Reed wasn't tired. Around 10, in front of approximately 1,200 of his classmates, teammates, coaches, teachers, administrators and others, Reed accepted the invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

In a solid white t-shirt, he stood up from his chair in Thibodaux's "old gym" and walked towards the podium where a U.S. Army All-American jersey and hat awaited him. Reed put on the jersey, positioned the hat just right on his head, a smile now gleaming, rubbed his chest a few times and picked up the microphone.

"Hold on…I'm scared…I'm scared…I'm scared," a modest and shy-Reed said with a big grin.

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