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.
So at that point I said, "You know what? Boil it down. Get it down to two strong minutes and don't waste their time. ... But when we got down there, I stood up and said, "First of all, I'd like to thank everybody for awarding me the Mariano Rivera award this year, because I am the closer." And I did about two minutes with Ed. You hope he's in. Everybody said he's in, he's in, and turned out that he was. He got the knock on the door that afternoon.
There were two numbers I came across. That was one of them, and I included that in my presentation. The other one: Ed Reed is tied for the all-time record with nine postseason interceptions. So now you're playing against the best teams in the biggest games, and Ed Reed stood out again: nine career postseason interceptions. So I looked. Ed's seventh all-time on the interception list, right? I looked at those six above him. Those six above him combined had eight interceptions in 44 more [postseason] games than Ed Reed played. So take the six in front of Ed Reed, add up all their postseason interceptions, it comes to eight. Ed Reed had nine in  fewer games. So it speaks to the greatness of Ed Reed. Big game, big plays, that was him.
Issue 255: June/July 2019