When in Chicago, do as Chicagoans do.
That’s what helped former Alabama, and now Seattle Seahawks, defensive lineman Jarran Reed get through his draft slip out of the first round to No. 49 overall.
Reed left the draft green room Thursday, after three hours of not hearing his name called, and went to get a famous Chicago deep dish pizza.
“Before I went to sleep, I had a deep dish pizza,” Reed said, according to an AL.com report. “I’ve been wanting a deep dish pizza since I been here. And I had one.”
Reed satisfied his craving at Lou Malnati’s pizzeria, according to the report. The well-known local eatery opened its first location in 1971.
It was somewhat of a surprise to see Reed, who had 111 tackles in two seasons with the Crimson Tide after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, still available at pick No. 49. But the Seahawks certainly won’t complain, as Reed joins an already stout defensive unit.
“It was frustrating,” Reed said about the falling out of the first round. “But everything happens for a reason. I was put in a place today that I’m very happy with. It was worth the wait.”