Ed Reed hasn't been home since before Hurricane Katrina. In two weeks, he'll have the opportunity.
The Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl free safety is originally from the New Orleans area. In two weeks, he'll be playing football in front of his hometown crowd.
He'll be playing in the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.
"I really don't have any words for it," Reed said after the Super Bowl. "I rushed to the locker room to call my mom, because I know that my family has been going through some things. So, I'm just thankful to be going home to New Orleans for the whole of New Orleans to see some hometown guys."
Reed said the potential of making a trip to New Orleans had been a topic of discussion between he and receiver Jacoby Jones.
Jones is also from New Orleans.
" We haven't been there since Katrina. So, we're just grateful," Reed said.
So what is Reed grateful for?
Very humbly he stood in front of a media room packed with reporters sitting and standing shoulder-to-shoulder and basically said he is grateful for everything and everyone involved in the organization.
He describes O.J. Brigance as a family member. He said the director of player development's battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has give the team strength.
He spoke about others that have been an inspiration -- among those, Ray Lewis and coach John Harbaugh.
"I have no words man. I'm just grateful for our coaches. For everyone we've been through since Coach Harbaugh got here, he had a vision of working us a certain way and taking us through something to to build something and create this moment."
" We believed it, but it was just something we had to go through as men and understand each other and understand the process together. Our coaching staff is amazing for what they do. Out coaching staff is amazing for what they do. That process that we went through as a team, that growth...."
Reed says he is sure God has a plan for the Ravens .