Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
A five-time first-team All-Pro, Reed retired in 2013 and is favored for induction in his first year of eligibility. He’d be the third Raven honored, following tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis.
Ray Lewis is entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018. Could fellow former Raven and Miami Hurricane Ed Reed, with whom he shared an uncommon passion for studying the sport and excelling at it, follow him in 2019?
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.
Entering their 20th season as an NFL franchise, the Ravens have won two Super Bowl championships and become a consistent presence in the postseason. These players -- the 20 best in the history of the team, according to The Baltimore Sun's experts -- are a big reason for that success.
Sure, Ed Reed says, he likes being honored. But, much as he used to pop up in unexpected places to snatch interceptions, the former Ravens great comes at the subject from an oblique angle. Asked what he might reflect upon when he becomes the ninth Raven inducted into the franchise¿s Ring of Honor on Sunday, Reed does not mention his record 107-yard interception return from 2008 or the pass he picked off in Super Bowl XLVII, his last game as a Raven. Instead, he goes back to his rookie season in Baltimore and his decision to switch ¿ financial advisors? As with many of the things Reed says, there is a powerful roundabout logic to this.
The Ed Reed era is officially over in Baltimore. So let's look back at some of those memorable plays when the bearded ballhawk meandered his way toward the end zone. Sometimes he got there. Other times he pitched to a teammate or to the turf. But some of his returns were among the most thrilling plays in Ravens history.
Ed Reed, the ball-hawking safety who has built a future Hall of Fame career on surprising quarterbacks, seems intent on keeping everybody guessing until the very end. Signed by the Texans in late March, Reed has yet to suit up for a game with his new team because he's still recovering from surgery that he had in April to repair a torn labrum in his hip. He says that he's still dealing with tightness and soreness and he has a "lot of work to do" before he returns to game action.
If you're trying to figure out exactly what motivated all-time Ravens safety Ed Reed to jump off the Super Bowl bandwagon and sign with the Houston Texans, you should probably consider some other hobby.
Ed Reed doesn't want to say goodbye, but he does want to say thanks. The former Ravens safety took out a full page ad in the Sports section of today's Baltimore Sun to deliver a message to the fans who have cheered him for more than a decade.
A day after he revealed on the radio that he had a torn labrum in his shoulder, Ravens safety Ed Reed was asked by one reporter about the team's injuries and the ensuing media storm inside the building. Next thing we all know, the guy is talking about cornhole.