Ravens game ball given to grieving Reed

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:41 PM ET

KANSAS CITY - This one was for Ed Reed and his family.

When the final gun had sounded on the Baltimore Ravens' 30-7 buttkicking of the host Kansas City Chiefs, Ray Lewis and his teammates congregated in the visitors locker room and presented the game ball to Reed, their all-world safety who has been enduring a personal nightmare in recent days.

"My family would really appreciate this," Reed said of his teammates' gesture. "So would my brother."

Reed's brother, Brian, was seen jumping into the Mississippi River on Friday after being chased by police for allegedly stealing a car.

While his jacket and shoes were later found, it would have been difficult for anyone to have survived in the chilly 3 C waters.

Police subsequently called off the search for Brian on Sunday.

In an interview with ESPN, Ed Reed admitted breaking into tears during a team meeting on Saturday.

In light of all that has happened, don't be surprised if the Ravens use Reed's plight as a motivational tactic heading into their game against arch-rival Pittsburgh on Saturday.

"My brother would want us to beat Pittsburgh," Ed Reed said.

If that's not a rallying point for the Ravens, then what is?


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