Former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed announced his retirement Wednesday, and just completed the press conference to officially announce his decision at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills today. The news conference also included general manager Ozzie Newsome, team president Dick Cass and coach John Harbaugh.
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The Ravens first-round pick in 2002, Reed played 11 seasons in Baltimore recording 643 tackles, six sacks, 64 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and scoring 13 touchdowns. Reed and Ray Lewis were the cornerstones of the Ravens’ defenses that won two Super Bowls in the organization’s short history in Baltimore.
Reed last played for the New York Jets in 2013 after being cut by the Houston Texans earlier in the season.
The University of Miami alum was comical in his press conference, calling Baltimore “home” while also taking a jab at some of his divisional rivals.
Last month, the Ravens expressed their desire to put Reed in the Ravens Ring of Honor. The hold up was that Reed still had not retired, but now that it has become official, the team will place the future first-ballot Hall of Famer in their exclusive club on November 22 against the St. Louis Rams.
The Ravens have placed eight of their players in their Ring of Honor: Earnest Byner(2001), Michael McCrary (2004), Peter Boulware (2006), Jonathan Ogden (2008), Matt Stover (2011), Jamal Lewis (2012), Ray Lewis (2013) and Todd Heap (2014).
The numbers speak for themselves. He was named to eight All-Pro teams. He was the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He led the league in interceptions three different seasons (2004, 2008, 2010) and his 64 picks rank sixth all-time. He holds the NFL records for the longest longest interception return (108 yards) and most career interception return yards with 1,590 yards. He also has nine postseason picks, another NFL record.
There is no question that a place in Canton, Ohio will be calling Reed’s name in five years. Reed will go down as one of the greatest players at the position. Safeties weren’t often looked at as playmakers in a secondary until the era of Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu and Reed took over the league. Now, every team in the league is searching for that ball hawk at safety.
Here are some reactions to Reed’s decision to call it an end to his football career:
Ed, thanks for calling Baltimore “home” for 11 seasons. You will never be forgotten.
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