Ed Reed: PFHOF Class of 2019

Lisa Johnson
Senior NFL Reporter AFC East and AFC South

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

It has a pretty good ring to it.  Ed Reed:  Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019!

Ed Reed started his football career at Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana. Home of the Fighting Wildcats.

Reed was a multi-sport player in high school. Playing baseball, basketball and ran track and field. After High School,

Reed accepted an athletic scholarship from the University of Miami. Also, know as the U.

Reed made an immediate impact as a standout defensive back for the Hurricanes, earning him the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. The same year the Miami Hurricanes won the National Championship. Words can’t express enough what Reed meant to Hurricane’s fans.

I spoke with one of those fans, Armando who you can always find talking Hurricanes on Twitter @LakersCanes305. “My favorite Cane ever. Pound for pound the best player to come out of the University of Miami. Passion, physical ability, and his extreme knowledge to read offenses. I loved everything about him.”

Little fun fact here:  during his college years at Miami, Reed was a member of the Hurricane’s track and field team, where he was crowned Big East champion in the javelin throw. Reed was rewarded for his outstanding collegiate career and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on January 7, 2018.

The Baltimore Ravens selected Ed Reed in the first round (24th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. Which, since I’m writing an article about this Hall of Fame player, tells you that the Raven’s scouting department knew what they were doing. Reed started all 16 games as a rookie in 2002.

Now for some fun facts about Mr. Ed Reed courtesy of his Hall of Fame Bio. Reed played 12 seasons, 174 games in the NFL. With 11 seasons being in Baltimore.  Just like in college, Reed made an immediate impact on an already dominate defense.  He lead the NFL in interceptions in 2004, 2008, 2010 to become just the second player in NFL history to lead the NFL in interceptions three times.

He led all of the AFC in interceptions four times and was the Ravens leading interceptor for seven seasons.  Reed was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.  In that season he picked off a league-high 9 passes that were returned for a then-NFL record of 358 yards and one touchdown.

Reed was elected to eight Pro Bowls in his 12 seasons in the NFL. Reed made the Pro Bowl in 2004, 2005, 2007-2013. Reed played in one Super Bowl during his career. He started Super Bowl XLVII for the Ravens. He had five tackles, one pass defended, and one interception returned for six yards. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

In his career, Reed had 64 interceptions returned for NFL record 1,590 yards and 7 touchdowns. Reed played his final two NFL seasons for the New York Jets and Houston Texans.  On May 6, 2015, Ed Reed announced his retirement from the NFL.  The very next day, Reed signed a one day contract with the Baltimore Ravens and officially retired a Raven. Ending a storied career and going down as one of the best safeties’ to have ever played the game.

 

Now some fun facts about Reed’s entrance into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame. Reed is the third longtime member of the Baltimore Raven enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The other two Ravens are Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden. Reed played with Ogden from 2002-07 and Lewis from 2002-2012.

Reed joins five other Hall of Famers who wore #20 as their primary number during their career. Those Hall of Famers are Lem Barney, Cliff Battles, Brian Dawkins, Mel Renfro, and Barry Sanders.

Reed is the eighth Hall of Famer to attend the University of Miami (Fla.)  He joins Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Ray Lewis, Jim Otto, Warren Sapp.

According to Reed, “Football is the ultimate team sport…color didn’t matter to do the things we’ve done. Not one player on the football field can do it without the other ten guys. There is no GOAT. There is no greatest of all players…It’s impossible to say that. Stats don’t matter.”

“That’s why I played the game the way I played it. I watched those older guys, took lessons from those veterans. I took lessons from my elders outside of football that made me the man I am.”

“I mean, I love football, no doubt about it. I was made to do it, created to do it.”

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of watching Ed Reed play his entire career. Starting from day 1 at the University of Miami. Go Canes!! Watching him was fun because you knew that this man was going to be something special in the NFL.

And sure enough, he was.

 

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