PCC alumus David Reed, former wide receiver for the Lancers who will play in Sundayâ€™s Super Bowl, said in an email received by the Courier on Wednesday that he gives credit to his time at PCC for his successful career in the National Football League.
â€œ[Former] Offensive Coordinator Marguet Miller and [former Head] Coach Kenny Lawler, [deserve credit],â€ said Reed. â€œThose guys stayed on top of me and made sure I stayed on a straight path. I love those guys, and I give so much thanks and credit to those guys. Miller is that guy.â€
While at PCC in 2007, Reed broke records for both receptions and receiving yards for community colleges nationwide, with 111 catches and 1,661 yards. He was also First Team All-Conference and First Team Junior College Gridwire All-American.
This week, this former Lancer finds himself playing in Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens.
â€œEverybody has a route to get to the NFL,â€ said Reed. â€œAnd my route to get here was just a little bit tougher than others.â€
Reed was drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was drafted as a wide receiver and explosive kick returner. Reed also set a franchise record his rookie year for the Ravens with the longest kick-off return with a 103-yard touchdown against the Houston Texans.
Reed said that he still keeps in touch with his former coaches. â€œActually, [Offensive Coordinator] Miller has two players in the Super Bowl right now. [Myself and] Delanie Walker from the 49ers,â€ said Reed. Walker played for Mt. SAC and is now currently a tight end for the 49ers.
Additional reporting by Andrew Salmi.