Ebony Bird round table: Our favorite Ed Reed moments

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 03: Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens intercepts a pass by Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ed Reed is now an inductee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Now, we’re getting sentimental. Here are the top moments from Ed Reed’s storied career presented by the Ebony Bird Round Table:

Chris Schisler’s favorite moment:

I think I may be one of the luckiest Ravens fans of all-time because I was there both times Ed Reed broke the interception return record. In 2004, the Ravens were playing the Browns. It was the day before my 14th birthday and my parents got me tickets to the game despite it being a school night. The game came down to the wire and then Ed Reed caught a tipped pass in the end zone and ran it 106 yards back for the game ending touchdown.

What I remember so vividly is the crowd erupting. I didn’t see Reed catch the ball. All I saw was Reed flying down the sideline and a stadium going off the hook. It was a truly incredible moment, and if I could have bottled that feeling up, I’d be rich. The play had nothing to do with my birthday, yet being there at that moment was a special way to celebrate.

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The best thing about that 2004 interception return was how once Reed got the ball, there was nobody who could have caught him. He flied down the sideline and the entire stadium saw it. I’ve heard M&T Bank stadium get pretty loud. The loudest moments were usually spurred on by something incredible that Reed did.

Then in 2008, I was at the game against the Eagles. Reed broke the record with a 107 yard interception return. It looked like Reed would have been stopped on his return, but he eluded all the Eagles on his way to the history making score. It’s very rare that you are at the stadium when one of your favorite players breaks a record. It’s even more rare to be at the stadium both times one of your favorite players breaks the same record. I am one of the luckiest fans in all of the Ravens Flock.

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