Michael Reid’s statistics tell the entire story.
Take one glance at the Rosewood senior running back’s numbers, and it becomes easy to see Reid is all about one thing — helping his team win by whatever means necessary.
Whether making defenders miss or turning on the jets and running upfield, Reid is the epitome of a team player.
On Wednesday, the quick, tough Reid made it official. He is taking his team-first mentality to North Carolina Central University in Durham next fall.
North Carolina Central University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference along with Florida A&M University and Howard University. Last season on the football field, the Eagles finished with a 5-6 overall record.
The Eagles have won at least five games every year since 2012.
“This is an amazing experience,” Reid said. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have always dreamed about going to the next level, and now I feel like I’m one step closer to achieving my dreams.”
During his sophomore year, Reid suffered an injury that put his career in jeopardy, but the support of his parents, teammates and coaches kept Reid’s spirits high and helped him back onto the field.
“It was a hard time. I have to thank coach Britt for always pushing me when I was trying to give up. It was a hard injury to overcome, but everyone helped me reach where I’m at now,” Reid said.
Reid, who averaged 7 yards a carry and was named a Carolina 1-A All-Conference selection last season, was a part of Rosewood’s run to the regional round of the 2018 NCHSAA 1-A playoffs and helped lead the Eagles to their best season in decades.
A future sports science major, Reid said over his four years playing football, he’s gained valuable big-game experience that should make the transition to college football a smooth one.
“I had high expectations going into this year, so I felt like I had to be more of a leader. My teammates and coaches made me into a better person and a better leader,” Reid said.
Rosewood head coach Robert Britt has watched Reid mature from a player who has always possessed the physical tools into a leader confident in his abilities and someone his teammates can look up to.
“He’s a great kid, and I’m so happy for him that he’s going to have the opportunity to continue his football career at a very high level,” Britt said. “He has worked extremely hard, and to see him come back from a devastating injury and increase his speed and strength, has been amazing.
“His talent has led to being able to play at the division one level. We’re just proud of him, and we know he’s going to do great things at North Carolina Central.”