Arguably the greatest safety to ever play the game, Ed Reed is a slam-dunk as a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.
The former University of Miami Florida Hurricane recorded 61 interceptions with the Ravens throughout his 11-year stint in Baltimore. Reed’s 64 career interceptions places him as the NFL’s seventh all-time leader in the category. Reed is also a proud owner of a Defensive Player of the Year award with nine Pro Bowl nods, plus five First-Team and three Second-Team All-Pro selections.
Anyone who watched Reed play knew how great he was as a safety, but there is one thing that has, and always will, separate Reed from any other safety to ever play the game: play-making ability. Reed has 13 career non-offensive touchdowns to his name, which includes the two longest interception returns for touchdowns in NFL history, including this marvelous 108-yard pick-six against the Philadelphia Eagles.
When the ball was in Reed’s hands, you knew he was going to find a way to do something special with it. Reed was also a punishing hitter, an underrated aspect of his game, and he wasn’t afraid to set the tone and put the fear of God into you when you ran a route down the middle of the field. Simply put, Ed Reed is the epitome of what it means to be the greatest player at his position.
Without a doubt, Ed Reed is as sure of a lock as you’ll find with NFL Hall of Fame candidacy. Similar to how Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden were first-ballot inductees because they are argued the greatest to ever play their position, the same will happen when Ed Reed is voted in following the 2018 NFL season. The Ravens have had many great players who shall one day be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, but Ed Reed is by far the next great to be inducted as soon as possible.