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Thursday, November 14, 2013
It's Reid's 'dream' to play in Superdome

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Whether San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid plays Sunday is out of his hands.

But there is no doubt Reid is looking forward to play at New Orleans. The LSU product calls playing against the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome “his dream.”

Reid will have to pass the NFL’s concussion test before playing though. He suffered his second concussion of the season against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. The rookie was symptom free Wednesday and practiced on a limited basis. It will crush Reid if he can’t play.

“This is my dream,” said the Baton Rouge native. “This is what I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

Reid said his parents took him to a Saints game as a child and he followed the team growing up.

There was a chance Reid could have ended up in New Orleans. But the Saints took fellow safety Kenny Vaccaro -- the Texas product was the first safety taken -- with the No. 15 pick. Three picks later, the 49ers moved up 13 spots to draft Reid.

Reid admitted “he held his breath” when the Saints were on the clock, but said he is thrilled to be a 49er. New Orleans coach Sean Paton said the team considered Reid, who has been outstanding as a rookie.

“He’s been very impressive,” Payton said Wednesday. “You can see him getting better each week. I think he’s found his role within that defense and played it very, very well.”

Reid just hopes he gets to show Payton what he can do in person.