Former Griffin, Reid named to the All-American team
Former Dutchtown Griffin Justin Reid has been able to tackle many impressive feats in his three years at Stanford. One of those accomplishments came last week, when he was named an All-American by the Associate Press.
This has been a busy year for Reid. He has been one of the leaders on his team and in the nation statistically, and tons of praise and accolades have come his way, as a result.
Predictably, throughout his football career, he has been compared to his older brother, Eric.
Both are extremely similar. They are both similar in size and stature, and both are physical safeties that specialize in run support, but can also be ballhawks when it comes to the passing game.
Both wore No. 1 jerseys at Dutchtown, where they spearheaded stingy defenses and and helped their teams compete for district titles consistently each season.
Eric and Justin were both shoe-ins on all-district and All-Metro teams, and both were heavily-recruited. Both brothers had their final decisions come down to LSU and Stanford.
Of course, Eric decided to stay home and follow in his father’s footsteps as he chose LSU.
Justin decided to go against the grain. He picked Stanford.
Though their college destinations were different, their production has been very similar.
Both players saw their share of action as true freshmen. Both earned their way into the starting lineup as sophomores and made their respective all-conference teams.
And now as juniors, both have been named All-Americans.
Justin has had a spectacular season at Stanford in 2017.
Before the year even began, he was named Preseason First-Team All-Pac-12 by Athlon. He was also named to the Badnarik Award Watch List. This award goes to the best defensive player in the nation.
Reid lived up to the preseason hype once the year began.
As a second-year starter in the Cardinal secondary, he finished with 97 tackles. This ranked second on the team.
In coverage, he made four pass breakups, and he led the team with five interceptions. At one point this season, he led the nation in picks, and he finished ranked eighth nationally.
Reid was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award—which is given to the best defensive back in the country. This made him the second former Griffin to pull this off. Landon Collins was the first to do so back in 2013, when he played at Alabama.
The Crimson Tide’s Minkah Fitzpatrick won this year’s award.
Reid was a second-team selection on the AP All-American team, just as his brother back in 2012.
Two of his teammates also made the All-American squad.
Running back Bryce Love—who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting—was a first-team selection.
Defensive tackle Harrison Phillips made the third team.
It still remains to be seen if Reid will follow in his brother’s footsteps and enter the NFL Draft after his junior season. Eric was drafted 18th overall by the San Francisco 49ers back in 2013.
For now, Justin is prepared to lead his team into the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 28. There, they will play 15th-ranked TCU (10-3), a team that was runner-up in the Big 12.