Ed Reed officially retires

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Ed Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowler and one of the best safeties of his generation, is officially calling it a career.

The Ravens announced that Reed will retire at a ceremony hosted by the team on Thursday.

Reed didn’t play in the NFL last year, so this news comes as no surprise. But it’s a good move for both sides that the Ravens and Reed have decided to announce this retirement together. Although Reed played briefly for the Texans and Jets in 2013, he’ll always be remembered primarily for the 11 seasons he spent with the Ravens.

Reed won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens, was Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, led the NFL in interceptions three times and is the league’s all-time leader in interception return yards. He may some day have a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

48 responses to “Ed Reed officially retires

  1. Greatest ball hawk of all time, and it’s not even close. He may be 6th on that list, but ask the 5 guys ahead of him and they’ll all agree too.

  2. Ed Reed, one of the BEST safety’s to ever play the game. First ballot HOF’er. Anything less is cheating!

  3. congratulations ed, on a spectacular career and retirement ahead of you. thank you for many years of world-class play and leadership, you did football the way football is supposed to be done.

    can’t wait to see you put on that gold jacket a few years down the road!

  4. If you didn’t know where #20 was, you were flirting with disaster! Having seen him play for years from the nosebleed seats, I can’t count how many times he made a QB think he was out of the play only to make up a ton of ground and make a play. He was a riverboat gambler in the secondary…and he usually walked away with the chips!

  5. Greatest ball hawk of all time, and it’s not even close. He may be 6th on that list, but ask the 5 guys ahead of him and they’ll all agree too.

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    No offense to Reed, but there are some VERY elite names ahead of him on that list. Krause, Tunnel, Rod Woodson and Night Train Lane were superb. Krause’s mark of 81 career picks will never be broken, and neither will Lane’s 14 picks in one year, which he accomplished during a 12 game regular season.

  6. One of the toughest guys to set foot on a field. You were crazy if you sent a play to his side of the field, and only slightly less crazy if you sent it to the other side as he was fast enough to get there. Good luck Ed, may your influence live on on football fields coast to coast.

  7. Awesome career. From a Steelers fan –and, safe to say, all of Steelers Nations– much respect.

    It feels appropriate the Reed vs. Polamalu debate will now continue. In 5 years, who gets in first??

  8. Probably won’t happen, but would be fitting for Reed and Polamalu to go into the Hall of Fame together.

  9. I’m a die-hard Steelers fan and Ed Reed made my day miserable more than once. He was a good locker room guy and never got into trouble.
    Enjoy retirement, Ed, but I’d be lying if I said I missed you.

  10. bworacle says:
    May 6, 2015 8:47 PM

    Wish he had retired before wasting the Texans time.
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    Blame the Texans. They should have known he was done.

  11. Overrated..Larry wilson was much better. .and reed couldn’t cover or tackle….to get a ring the ravens had to be lucky in Denver

  12. Probably one of the only Safety’s I just had to watch every time he was on a national broadcast.

    Oh, and with today’s revelations, it should be noted that Ed Reed was NOT a CHEATER!

  13. waltwinston says:
    May 6, 2015 9:16 PM
    Overrated..Larry wilson was much better. .and reed couldn’t cover or tackle….to get a ring the ravens had to be lucky in Denver

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  14. Without dispute the Greatest Safety of all time. Super Bowl Champion!

  15. One of the best to ever play the free safety position. His coverage skills and range have changed the way teams look at and draft safeties. Turned around a Miami program and the Ravens.

  16. Outstanding player, truly incredible range from the free safety position, unbelievably exciting with the ball in his hands…get the gold jacket ready!

  17. First Ravens jersey I ever bought and I will wear it until the numbers fall off. This man was a true baller.

  18. Hines Ward should do his HOF introduction, the year after Troy gets in.

  19. Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu are both first ballot HOF’ers. Reed was the greatest free safety of his generation and Troy probably the greatest strong safety. If you doubt that then you are not reading the facts.

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