No matter what happened on the field at NRG Stadium on Sunday - where the Carolina Panthers ultimately defeated the Houston Texans 16-10 - those messages were always going to be what mattered most to Eric Reid. Win or lose. Good game or bad. For all the football implications from Sunday's contest, perhaps this one is most important to remember:
Family comes first.
After he had a career high in touches Sunday in a 16-10 road win over Houston, Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey was feeling pretty good about his 2-2 team.
"Frankly, we should be 4-0,"
McCaffrey said afterward.
The Panthers looked like they were going to be one of the NFL's worst teams this year early on. Losing your starting quarterback and two home games in five days will do that. However, the team has responded well to that rough start. Carolina has since won two road games, including a gutsy victory over the Texans on Sunday.
McCaffrey has 175-plus yards from scrimmage in three of his first four games; Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) was the only other player to accomplish this. He had a career-high 37 touches against the Texans, rushing 27 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and catching 10 of 10 targets for 86 yards.