That’s the common nickname for the 7-time All-Pro, former defensive player of the Year Ed Reed. Reed has also been named to the Pro Bowl eight times, including the 2011 season.
The Ravens drafted Reed in the first round of the 2002 draft out of Miami and have not been disappointed with the future Hall of Famer. Since being drafted, Reed has been a staple of the Baltimore Ravens defense for most of the past decade, and has 57 career interceptions. He holds the NFL record for the longest interception return for a touchdown, which he broke on his 108-yard interception return touchdown.
Reed is known for his great hands and great return ability, giving quarterbacks headaches and making them scared to throw the ball. His six career defensive touchdowns has only helped his reputation.
Reed has three interceptions so far this season, which is relatively low for Reed 15 games into the season. Quarterbacks have rarely thrown near Reed this season out of fear that he will pick them off. Reed has also become a mentor to the Ravens young corner backs like Lardarius Webb.
Injuries have slowed Reed down a little the past few seasons, but during the Ravens’ biggest games, fans know they can count on Reed to come up with a game-changing play.
Here is what Ed Reed had to say about making the Pro Bowl again.
“It is definitely an honor and blessing,” Reed stated. “To come back after an injury last year and to be voted by my peers and fans is special. I am very appreciative of this honor, but right now, there are bigger goals in mind. With the Bengals coming up this week and a push to the playoffs, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but this is definitely something I am proud of and am thankful for.”
Here is a highlight video of Ed Reed.