Reid to work out at LSU Monday

Bobby Reid hasn’t played football since a 2008 injury, but the

former Oklahoma State quarterback might get another chance at

reviving his once-promising career.

Reid, who became known more for Mike Gundy’s now infamous “I’m

a man. I’m 40” rant than his athletic ability, will take part in

LSU’s pro day Monday with hopes that an NFL team will give him a

chance to get back to doing what he loves.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I’m past excited. I’m getting ready

to go. I’ve been training so long and I’m ready to let it fly on

Monday.”

LSU coach Les Miles recruited Reid to Oklahoma State and when

the player asked his former coach if he could participate in LSU’s

pro day, he happily agreed.

Gundy’s almost 3 1/2-minute tirade in 2007 was meant as a

defense of Reid after a column critical of the quarterback appeared

in The Oklahoman after he lost his starting job. But instead of

making things better for the player once regarded as the top

recruit in school history, the incident and ensuing controversy

made it virtually impossible for Reid to continue with the

Cowboys.

“Growing up I’d always had pretty good success and when that

happened at Oklahoma State, I didn’t know how to react to it,” he

said. “Nobody around me knew how to react to it.”

“It happened and people kind of took it too far. There were car

commercials about it and everything. I was like: ‘It’s over. I lost

my starting job, let’s move on,’ but it kept on getting bigger and

bigger.”

After he left Oklahoma State, Reid was quoted as saying that

Gundy’s outburst “basically ended my life.” Now that he’s years

removed from the low point of his football career, he’s changed his

tune.

“I don’t feel like that anymore,” he said. “I said that

because at the time it kind of put the brakes on what I was trying

to accomplish. But now that I’m past that I’m around a lot of good

people and they just kept me going forward and give me motivation

every day to work out and get back to where I am today.”

Reid almost entered the draft after that season, but instead

transferred to Texas Southern. There he threw for 1,791 yards and

12 touchdowns in nine games before a torn ACL ended his season.

Though he’s been out of football for more than a year, Reid

believes the winding road he’s taken to get back to the game will

help him be an improved leader on the field. Going from big-budget

Oklahoma State to tiny Texas Southern helped him appreciate his

past success.

“Just seeing everything from new perspectives made me realize

you couldn’t take anything for granted,” he said. “I had bumps in

the road, but I just use all that for motivation to keep me going

and the want for me to get back to playing football because I miss

it so bad.”

After surgery to repair the injury, he wasn’t healthy enough to

fully participate in a pro day last year. With an extra year of

recovery and workouts with people including Olympic gold medalist

Michael Johnson and LSU star Brandon LaFell, Reid believes he can

impress scouts with his skills.

He’ll be throwing to LaFell on Monday and the 6-foot-3,

235-pound Reid is hoping the pair can put on a good show after

working out together for the past few months.

Reid is confident he’ll get another chance, and if he does he’ll

have a special fan there to watch his return.

“The love for my little girl pushes me,” Reid said of his

6-year-old daughter. “We talk on the phone all the time and she

always asks me when my next football game is. I’m like: ‘Just give

Daddy a couple more days and I’ll let you know.”’