Edward Reed was a mess.
Jeanne Hall — the woman the Ravens safety calls a second mother — can't find any other way to put it when she thinks back to the classes he missed and the assignments he disregarded as a freshman at Destrehan High.
But he was such a charming, clever mess — a kid who wrote romantic poems at the same time he played football like no one the school had ever seen. "You're either going to be a comedian or a preacher," she used to say on the many nights he stayed at her home, trying to get his world in order.
Though Hall has worked with thousands of Destrehan students and hundreds of football players, there's a reason she keeps Reed's...