Ebony Bird round table: Our favorite Ed Reed moments
Garrett Ferguson’s favorite moment:
On Thanksgiving 2011, the Baltimore Ravens played the San Francisco 49ers in a primetime matchup that changed my life. I wasn’t a Ravens fan or even a football fan at the time, yet my entire family was full of 49er fans and they made me watch the game with them. Due to the fact I never watched football, I wanted to play devils advocate and root for the Ravens because it annoyed my family and the Ravens were wearing their all black alternate jerseys so it was hard not to root for them. The Ravens ended up winning the defensive game and that’s where my interest in the Ravens was sparked.
Fast forward to January 15th, 2012 the Ravens were playing the Houston Texans in the AFC Divisional Round but the only problem was I couldn’t watch the game because I had a soccer tournament at the same time. As soon as my last game was over I checked my phone and saw the playoff game was still going so I made my dad rush me to the nearest sports bar to catch the tail end of the game.
As soon as we got there I noticed the place was packed with Texans fans so me being a new fan, felt a little intimidated. Then with around 2 minutes left in the one score game Texans quarterback T. J. Yates launches the ball to the corner of the end zone targeting Andre Johnson and as I hold my breath I see Ed Reed zoom by and intercept the ball while falling backwards into the end zone. I started screaming, my dad started cheering, and the rest of the restaurant was quiet. That was the moment I knew I found my team.
This moment will forever be one of my favorite memories and the person I have to thank for launching my Ravens fandom is Ed Reed. I was very new to football so who knows if I would’ve become the fan I am today if Reed didn’t intercept that ball. It just goes to show that Ed Reed’s impact was felt far from just on the field, he has made so many young kids like myself fall in love with not just the game, but the Baltimore Ravens.