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Former Ravens safety Ed Reed named Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed named Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed was among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019, it was announced Tuesday.

Reed, cornerback Champ Bailey and tight end Tony Gonzalez are the only first-year players in contention; the 19 other players have been a semifinalist in previous years. The other three semifinalists are coaches.

Reed was among the 102 Modern Era players and coaches nominated in September. Fifteen finalists from the era will be named Jan. 3. To be elected to the Hall of Fame, they must receive 80 percent of a positive vote from the selection committee Feb. 2....

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