2. Ed Reed:
While the greatest safety of all-time is a great debate, Baltimore would vote Ed Reed any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Reed leads the NFL with the most interception return yards of all-time. He picked off opposing quarterbacks 64 times. He has the two longest interception returns for a touchdowns in NFL history. Reed had two seasons with nine interceptions. He’s a defensive player that scored seven touchdowns. His resume speaks for itself.
What made Reed so great was his instinctive nature. He just knew where to be and it seemed like he was everywhere. Reed had an almost supernatural ability to ruin a quarterback’s day. He was one of the most studied football players of all-time. He took a lot of risks, and they almost always paid off.
When you think of the word ball-hawk, you think of Reed. Reed was the greatest defensive back I ever saw. He did things that I couldn’t believe on a non-stop loop. He was part of a lot of great defense. The secondary has never been the same since he retired. One thing is for sure, Reed spoiled Ravens fans.