A halftime ceremony in which Ed Reed saw his name placed in the team's Ring of Honor left the normally loquacious Ravens legend at a seeming loss for words Sunday as he earned the highest honor from his longtime team.
"I've got so many tears inside right now," Reed said. "I didn't think I would get as emotional as I did, but it's an awesome feeling when you're back at M&T [Bank Stadium] and the fans are screaming your name. It brings back those old feelings."
Reed, joined by former teammates and Ring of Honor members Jamal Lewis, Todd Heap, Matt Stover and others, retired as a Raven this past offseason and became the 18th member of the team's Ring of Honor.
He was the last player introduced during pregame festivities, walking out of the tunnel in a suit and fedora while waiving his purple No. 20 jersey in the air.
"If I wasn't running late, I probably would have put the jersey on," Reed joked.
Before the introduction, Reed spoke to the team and seemed to get the itch to start playing again. He said owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh had a "brief conversation" with him about suiting up again, but seems plenty occupied with his family and the Ed Reed Foundation.
As a Raven, Reed was named to five All-Pro teams and earned nine trips to the Pro Bowl. He, as much as anyone, was synonymous with the ball-hawking, hard-hitting Ravens defense that the franchise built a foundation on.
"At some point, you'll be joining me with a gold jacket in Canton," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said during the ceremony. "I look forward to it."