It was the best christmas gift Greg Reid could ask for. For the first time in nearly six years, his father will get to see him play with his own eyes when Florida State takes on South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
FSU sophomore defensive back Greg reid says,
"the first thing that came out of his mouth was tell Jimbo to have me a ticket. Luckily the game is in Atlanta for him to visit and family and friends so I'm just ready to play now."
Greg Reid Sr. spent the last six years in prison and was released from a halfway house last week. Greg got the good news before FSU held their final practice in Tallahassee, saying his Dad would be home for Christmas, and would see his son play for the first time since he was a freshman at Lowndes.
Greg Reid adds,
"Once you hear that voice and you hear my Daddy calling of my Grandma's phone it's kind of surprising. It's a blessing that he's out for one. It's just a feeling that I've always been waiting on. I just feel like now I can play ball."
It ends a year of waiting for Greg, who expected his Dad to be in the stands for BYU, but was not granted permission to cross the state border.
"it's just a blessing he at least gets to make one, you know. He's been hearing about it and people have been telling him about it but now he has proof."
And Greg Sr. will watch his son go against a Steve Spurrier offense, who he admired while coaching at the University of Florida.