When Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was just a kid, he'd only eat one kind of sandwich.
"This was the sandwich I always got," he said after taking a bite of "The First Downer," his signature sub now available at Harris Teeter through the end of the month.
"Every time I went to the grocery store they had the sandwiches in the back," he said. "I always ordered [the] Buffalo Chicken sandwich. It was my favorite sandwich, man."
Jordan Reed visited Harris Teeter in Reston, Va., Tuesday afternoon to unveil his signature sandwich "The First Downer" to fans that were shopping.
Thus, when given the opportunity to make his own, he couldn't pass up creating his version of a childhood staple.
"The First Downer" contains grilled chicken, lettuce, onions, buffalo sauce, some blue cheese crumble and a dash of salt and pepper on a white roll.
"It was great, man. It was great," Reed said swallowing his first bite. "The bread is awesome. The chicken's good. The sauce is great."
The name is not meant to invoke sadness (after all, Tuesday was "National Sandwich Day").
Football fans that have watched Reed play will know exactly why the name fits. Of his 35 receptions this season, 22 have been for first downs.
"I pride myself on being able to get the first down when it's third down and it's pressing situations," Reed said. "So, it's something I pride myself on."
Like Terrance Knighton did last month, Reed stopped by Harris Teeter to promote the sandwich (only $3.99) and sat to sign his name to a variety of posters, mini helmets and cards that shoppers at the grocery store offered him.
Many fans, including a day care, posed for photos with Reed in between snacking on some of the free sandwich samples. Many gave positive feedback.
It wasn't a surprise for Reed, who will eventually deliver some sandwiches to his other tight ends.
"Everybody does [like them]," he said. "It's an easy sandwich."