Andre Reed, who ranks seventh in NFL history with 85 postseason receptions, became a household name by playing in four consecutive Super Bowls for the Buffalo Bills in the early 1990s, games that were broadcast to tens of millions of fans across the country.
That background made Reed quick to answer three years ago when television producer Peter Lenkov asked him at a party whether he had acting experience.
“Every Sunday I acted on the football field,” responded Reed, now living in San Diego.
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Lenkov later followed up with the 16-year NFL veteran, offering a chance for a cameo appearance on his CBS drama “Hawaii Five-O.” After a successful spot on the show in January 2017, Reed hit the airwaves again last week for Lenkov’s “MacGyver,” also on CBS.
This week, Reed received an invite for Lenkov’s newest series, “Magnum P.I.” It was a welcome development for Reed, 55, who wants to grow his career in acting.
“The funny thing is you do these little things and it turns into something else,” he said Wednesday. “When I go into something, something I’m really excited about, I put 100 percent into it.”
Reed was a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 1985 and his NFL career blossomed alongside those of quarterback Jim Kelly and running back Thurman Thomas — whom Reed joined in Canton, Ohio, upon his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Though he caught 951 passes for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns before his retirement following the 2000 season, Reed still had to earn his roster spot when Lenkov first called.
After their initial meeting, Lenkov sent Reed a script to memorize and asked for a video to be sent back of Reed reading it. Reed passed the test and was flown to Hawaii — staying at the same hotel as his seven trips to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl — for taping. The two-day shoot involved Reed being investigated for a murder as the general manager of a car dealership.
“Everything is timed,” Reed said. “You can mess up a couple times, but every time you mess up, it’s like, you’re money. You’re messing up.”
Despite needing about five takes to nail his lines, Reed performed well enough to get called in February to a shooting for “MacGyver” at a parking garage in Atlanta two days after Super Bowl LIII. The approximately six-hour shoot began at 6 a.m. and saw Reed, playing the role of a prosecutor, speaking into a cell phone outside his vehicle before being stabbed.
“Maybe one of these times I should pay an athlete,” Reed joked of being killed off on the show.
The entire cameo on “MacGyver” lasted about 10 seconds, but Reed found similarities to his playing experience in both the preparation and precision required for the brief appearance.
“I kind of just pictured myself in a certain situation in a game where they were relying on me to make a catch or be that guy to make the big play,” he said. “What they see on TV, you don’t see behind the scenes. It’s like what the fans see on Sunday — there’s a lot of preparation that goes into that. All week or practice, film work, all the things that need to be studied to making everything work the way it should.”
Reed, who has also spent his retirement promoting reading in more than 15 states for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, still felt the pressure of the taping.
“It’s different than [when everybody is] watching you in a stadium than when somebody is real close to you and watching what you’re saying,” he said.
TE Watson considering 16th season
Watson, whose wife is due to give birth to twins next week, might be open to returning to the NFL under the right situation, the sources said.
The 38-year-old Watson, whose contract with the New Orleans Saints expired after the 2018 season, ranks 14th among tight ends in NFL history with 530 career receptions. Watson has amassed 5,885 yards and 44 touchdown catches.
He previously said that 2018 would be his final season in the NFL. A first-round pick of New England in 2004, the two-time finalist for the league’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award has also played for the Browns and Ravens.
“I knew coming into this year that it probably would be the last year,” Watson said at the end of last season. “And I think our approach was as a family that we were fortunate to come and play for another year, but you kind of know. It’s been great to be a part of this team and have this sort of winning at this point of my career. But the injuries add up, the body struggles more and more. And it becomes evident that it’s time.”
Watson played in every game for the Saints last season, catching 35 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second stint with the Saints.
Lennon’s ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ piano sold to Colts’ Irsay
INDIANAPOLIS — An upright piano that John Lennon used to write Beatles’ songs has been sold at auction to Jim Irsay. Just “A Day in the Life” of the owner of the Indianapolis Colts.
Irsay tweeted Saturday that he’s “elated” to now own the instrument Lennon used to compose songs for The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.
The Indianapolis Star reports the piano, made in the 1870s, was auctioned on the site GottaHaveRockandRoll.com, with a minimum required bid of $575,000. The site estimated it would sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million. As of Saturday afternoon, the final price tag had not yet been announced.
Irsay called ownership of the piano a “responsibility I take seriously, with future generations in mind.”
The Star reports Irsay previously bought guitars once owned by music legends Jerry Garcia, Prince and Bob Dylan.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Source — Seahawks want 1st-rounder for DE Clark
In return, the Seahawks would want any package to include at least a first-round pick in next week’s NFL draft, the source said.
Clark, who has yet to sign his $17.128 million franchise tag, has been the subject of trade rumors. He led the Seahawks with 13 sacks and also had four forced fumbles and an interception last season, and he added another sack in a wild-card playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Earlier this week, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said trade rumors are common this time of year, but he didn’t shoot down any involving Clark, who turns 26 in June.
“He’s a franchised player. We love Frank,” Schneider said. “He’s an incredibly effective pass-rusher and we love him. … When you’re getting close to the trade deadline and you get close to the draft, it’s like major speculation, a ton of drama, all the news outlets and everything. I get it. It’s what we’re doing, it’s entertainment.
“People around the league know that we’re in every deal, that the people on my staff, we’re always trying to understand the landscape around the National Football League. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be doing our job. We can’t ever have our head in the sand with anything, but we love Frank. Obviously that’s why we franchised him.”
ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.
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