As Ed Reed prepares to take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, teammates, friends and coaches from his Ravens, college and high school years reflect on the legacy of the legendary Ravens safety with their favorite memories and never-before-heard stories.
He had an interception, and I'm like, "Oh my God, he literally said trick it, I'm going." And not only did he just go, he got an interception. If the quarterback just happens to look up -- it was Chad Pennington -- if he just happens to look up over where Ed was, there's a receiver by himself. But it didn't matter.
And later, I asked him about it and [Reed] was like, "It was in my film study: down and distance, ball on this hash, this is the play they're going to run, and I knew it." Period. Went and got it. That instinct was amazing. In addition to all the crazy plays that he's made, his instincts were just above the rest, hands down, period. And he had the balls to go do it. He just did stuff. He was my favorite player, man. He played free. To play free and not fear messing up, I can't explain that feeling. It's amazing, too. You've got to be good at what you do and what you love to do and not be afraid of messing up. It's a beautiful feeling.
Issue 255: June/July 2019