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BALTIMORE (AP) — Combining instinct and tireless film study with an unyielding urge to be a difference maker, Ed Reed established himself as one of the greatest safeties in NFL history.
What he did with a football after plucking it from the air set him apart from anyone who ever played the game.
Reed made 64 interceptions over a stellar 12-year career. He owns an NFL-record 1,590 yards in interception returns, including the two longest runbacks: 107 yards against the Eagles in 2008, 106 yards versus the Browns in 2004. Reed considered every pass thrown in his direction to be his property. And when he got hold of it, his lone objective was to take it to house.
“My philosophy was simple. I was trying to score when I got the football in my hand. There was no question about that,” Reed said. “When I caught the interception, I knew there weren’t too many defenders on (the opposing) offense.”
Selected to the Pro Bowl nine times and voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, Reed will become the 15th safety inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Whether he’s the best of all time at his position is a matter of opinion — unless you’re asking Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, whom Reed helped win a Super Bowl.
“It would be hard to argue that he’s not the greatest safety in the history of football, right?” Harbaugh said. “He’s one
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