Ebony Bird round table: Our favorite Ed Reed moments
Richard Bradshaw’s favorite moment:
For such a remarkable career, how can we overlook the greatest moment in Ed Reed’s 12-year NFL stint without mentioning his Super Bowl XLVII championship?
The greatest ball hawk in NFL history appeared to be destined to become another great player to end his career without a championship ring. Reed would join the likes of Dan Marino and Tony Gonzalez as some of the best of their positions to never win the big-game. Reed was close many of times, appearing in two AFC championships games in 2008 and 2011. Unfortunately, Baltimore lost both in heartbreaking fashion.
The 2012 AFC Championship game had a different feel to it, however. The Ravens emerged victorious over the New England Patriots after suffering a brutal defeat one year prior. The whole 2012 playoff run for Baltimore felt different, but the AFC Championship win was special.
Once in the Super Bowl, the big-game felt small for the Ravens. For Ed Reed, it was just another game, as he picked off San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to set the tone for the game. Reed was always known as a ball-hawk, but this pick felt the most special.
When the dust settled and the Ravens ended the game at the top, it felt incredibly special for many. Obviously, it was Ray Lewis’ send off, but it felt even more memorable to see Ed Reed hoist up the Lombardi trophy in the ultimate victory of his career.
It brought a tear to my eye as well as all of Ravens Flock, but it was truly incredibly to see the greatest safety of all-time relish in the greatest victory possible.