Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle, and Goldsboro High alumnus, Jarran Reed is by definition a hometown hero — but to him, he’s still the same humble man raised in the heart of Goldsboro.
“It’s good that I can come back and be a regular person,” Reed said. “Nobody looks at me as a superstar or a hometown hero — I’m just Jarran Reed from Goldsboro.”
Reed held his “2019 Jarran Reed Football Camp” on Saturday morning at Goldsboro High School. One hundred children from around the county came out and got to spend the morning and early afternoon playing and learning more about football before getting fed by Reed for free. It’s the third straight year Reed has done this camp since getting drafted by the Seahawks in 2016.
“That’s his upbringing,” local little league and former Goldsboro High assistant football coach Claude “Dude” Waters said. “You’ll never see Jarran act like he’s too good for his surroundings when he comes back home. He’s going to greet every kid the same.”
Reed said he is happy to give back and be an inspiration for the young aspiring athletes in Wayne County, citing fellow Goldsboro alumnus and NFL linebacker David Thornton as his inspiration growing up. Reed is a proud Cougar and has done the camp at GHS all three times.
“Everybody paints Goldsboro as the bad school, and I just want everybody to know it’s not like that,” Reed said. “Goldsboro is a wonderful place. It’s been undeniable talent that’s come out of this school. Everybody just needs to recognize it more. Everybody trying to put us on the back burner. I’m doing this for my school because this is where my heart is.”
The fourth-year second round pick said he is looking for a new contract, and he hopes it will get done soon. Don Pollock, Reed’s older brother, said no matter how big his brother’s contract gets he will never stop giving back to Goldsboro.
“We’re a part of Goldsboro’s community, and we are going to always be a part of that — we ain’t never going to turn our back on that,” Pollock said. “My brother could sign a contract for 200 million, I could make 100 million, my mom could make 300 million and we’re still going to come back to Goldsboro and be just as involved in the mix. That will never ever stop. Goldsboro is home for us.”