Ed Reed of the Ravens talks to reporters in the locker room after… (Chris Graythen, Getty Images )
NEW ORLEANS — — Ravens veteran free safety Ed Reed has never embraced a conventional approach.
So the Louisiana native wasn't keen on the idea of retiring after a Super Bowl victory in front of his family and friends.
Following the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Reed declared in the locker room emphatically that he has more football left in him.
"This is not it," Reed shouted. "This is not it. I'm not done."
Reed, 34, has battled multiple health issues, including a torn shoulder labrum and a nerve impingement.
Brandishing a huge unlit cigar in his mouth, the St. Rose, La., native said he's more than likely to keep playing the game as long as his body cooperates.
"It's all about right now," Reed said. "I'll reassess things the way I always do and we'll tune in and get back to you all. It's all about the moment. I'm not even thinking about this. I love this game. If I'm able to do it, I'll be doing it."
Reed intercepted 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the first half.
"He overthrew it," Reed said. "Corey Graham did a great job on the backside by discouraging and making him throw it behind Randy. He threw it too high. I'm just happy to catch it, man."
For Reed, this marks a perfect ending to the season.
The Destrehan High product takes an immense amount of pride in being from the New Orleans area.
"To do it for the hometown, in the hometown, to do it for Baltimore — there can't be a better feeling than that," Reed said. "I'm blessed and grateful. I'm just so grateful."
Reed said he's not done having fun. He has plans to celebrate here in New Orleans.
"This season, man I'm ready to kick my feet up, but I can't," Reed said. "I'm ready for [New Orleans brass band] Rebirth. Ready to second-line all the way up Poydras [Street], man. We about to walk all the way back to the hotel like we do it in New Orleans."
Reed's younger brother, Brian Reed, died two years ago after jumping into the Mississippi River. Brian Reed had battled mental illness.
"It's bittersweet because we have been through a lot," Reed said. "Been through a lot as men. Been through a lot as a team."
Success for Kruger, Ellerbe
Relentlessly chasing down elusive San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl, Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger displayed the pass-rushing form expected to make him a prized free agent.
Kruger's combination of athleticism and aggressiveness allowed him to deck Kaepernick in the first quarter of the Ravens' 34-31 win Sunday night for a loss of 10 yards at the Ravens' 18-yard line to hold the 49ers to a field goal.
It was the first of two sacks for Kruger in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
With his rookie contract expiring after the game, Kruger is a pending unrestricted free agent who might be too expensive for the Ravens to retain.
With a career-high nine sacks during the regular season and an additional 4.5 sacks in the postseason, the 2009 second-round draft pick has built a niche as a situational pass rusher. Kruger could command a multiyear contract in the range of $35 million to $40 million.
"The Ravens know I want to come back," Kruger told The Baltimore Sun. "My focus is on the Super Bowl, and the chips will fall where they may.
"I don't know what else I can do. I just have to let it happen and let my agent do his job. I would love to be here, but it's not up to me."
Kruger said he won't allow himself to get stressed out by his unresolved status heading into the offseason.
"I've never been through the process before," Kruger said. "I don't know what to expect. I'm sure I will pull my hair out a little bit at first, but this is a good problem to have."
Kruger recently fired his previous representation and hired California-based agent David Dunn. Dunn has represented several other Ravens players, including former tight end Todd Heap.
"I think he's a really good agent; he's been great so far," Kruger said. "I'm very upbeat about everything. He's accustomed to dealing with the Ravens, so that's good."
Another pending Ravens free agent had a strong showing in the Super Bowl. Starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe had four solo tackles, including one for a loss, in the first half.
Ellerbe would prefer to remain in Baltimore, and that's a possibility with Ray Lewis' retirement.
"It's a business, but I would love to be here," Ellerbe said. "Baltimore is where I got my start, but it's not up to me. It's out of my control. The Ravens know how I feel. I hope we can work something out."
Fake field goal fails
The Ravens' decision to attempt a fake field goal in the first half backfired in a major way.
A direct snap from Morgan Cox to rookie kicker Justin Tucker failed to generate a first down as Tucker was tackled shy of the marker.
Instead of picking up three points on a chip-shot field goal, the Ravens saw their aggressiveness work against them.
Before the sequence, the Ravens had been sharp in the red zone.