After the Baltimore Ravens won their 30-7 playoff against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo., the team presented free safety Ed Reed with the game ball after their decisive victory.
Reed has been in a family ordeal since Friday morning after his younger brother, 28-year-old Brian, allegedly jumped into the Mississippi River as he was trying to escape from police officers who stopped what they suspected was a stolen car, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Brian Reed remains missing, though his shoes and jacket were recovered.
Ed Reed decided to attend the game despite the family tragedy because his family wanted him to play, he said.
"My family kept me focused. My older brother called me and told me, 'Do what you do. You handle your business, we'll take care of everything over here,'" Ed Reed told The Associated Press.
He said to the AP that he appreciated his teammates for giving the team ball to him for his family and called his teammates his second family.
In addition to his brother’s disappearance the 32-year-old safety has been suffering from injured ribs from Jan. 2’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ed Reed, who has the most interceptions—54— in the league since 2002, has been recently voted to his seventh Pro Bowl.