Before training camp kicked off, Delta Air Lines, the Official Air Line of the Seahawks, provided me with the opportunity to talk with second-round draft pick Jarran Reed down in Southern California. Not only did I get to interview the massive 6-foot-3, 311-pound defensive tackle out of Alabama, but I also followed him around for the day as he prepared for his first Seahawks training camp.
First up, we met for lunch at a restaurant in Manhattan Beach to talk life. We covered everything from his unconventional path to Alabama to his tight knit family and its newest addition, four-month-old daughter, Jaycee. Come to find out the man drafted to intimidate opposing offenses is a softy off the field as we shared countless photos of our kids. Note who finished their entire lunch. Spoiler: it wasn't the 300-pound lineman.
Next, Jarran and I headed off to Los Angeles International Airport to hop on a flight bound for the Emerald City. Since I'm traveling with an NFL player, we fly in style with first-class seats on Delta Air Lines, including access to the swanky Delta Sky Club ®. As we relaxed in the exclusive waiting area, we talked more shop. This time about his excitement for his first NFL season as a Seattle Seahawk. He was grinning from ear to ear.
Finally, Jarran and I board our Delta Air Lines flight where the questions were all from the 12s. It was a fun way to wrap-up our day and to see more of Jarran's personality. A personality that is as big as his body stature, massive. After all was said and done, I learned a lot about J-Reed, who's smart, funny, humble, a hard worker and most of all excited to be a Seattle Seahawk.