Dutchtown’s Reid selected to play U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Eric Reid is presented his U.S.?Army All-American Bowl football jersey by Sergeant First Class David Simmons as Griffins’ head coach Benny Saia looks on during a news conference announcing his selection Thursday morning in the school’s cafeteria.

GEISMAR - Dutchtown’s Eric Reid was officially presented his jersey Thursday morning during a press conference in the school’s cafereria after being selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl joining an elite group of student-athletes.

“I’d like to thank God and the Army for the opportunity to play in this game,”?Reid said. “I’ve been for Jan. 9 in San Antonio.

“Eric is a talented athlete whose exemplary displays of leadership and teamwork have made him a standout at Dutchtown,” Col. Derik Crotts said. “The qualities necessary to suceed on the football field are the same mirrored in soldiers.”

Reid, an LSU committement, helped lead Dutchtown’s defense this season with 41 tackles during the regular season.

“It has been an honor to coach Eric and I look forward to following him in his career,” Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia said. “This is the premier All-Star game for high school seniors and they put on a great show.”

Reid ranks 12th in his graduating class with a grade-point average above 4.0.

“He is the complete package,” Saia said. “He is an athlete, a student and a leader. He has done everything that was asked of him.”

Saia said one of Reid ‘s  biggest accomplishements was being named a permanent team captain by teammates.

Adrian Peterson, Reggie?Bush, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryour all made their national debut as U.S. Army All-Americans.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events, visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com.