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Ed reed

ED REED

Edward Earl Reed Jr. (born September 11, 1978 in St. Rose, Louisiana) is an American footballfree safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Ravens 24th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.

In his career, Reed has been selected to five Pro Bowls (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) and was the 2004 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and holds the NFL record for longest interception return (108 yards in 2008). He is considered one of the most dominant safeties currently playing in the NFL and is often referred to as a "ball hawk."[1][2][3][4] Since entering the league, Reed has been known to study film to memorize opposing teams's tendencies.[5][6] Reed's habit of baiting quarterbacks into throwing interceptions has also earned him recognition throughout the league.[7]


High school career

High school career

  • Reed attended the Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana. He was an the All-State selection at defensive back and as a kick returner and also New Orleans Times-Picayune District Most Valuable Defensive Player.

  • He totaled 83 tackles, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles and 12 passes deflected his senior year while also seeing action at running back and quarterback. He also returned three punts for touchdowns. Reed also lettered in basketball, baseball, and track & field. He was an All-District pitcher in baseball, and state champion in the javelin.


College career

College career

  • Reed attended the University of Miami where he was a standout defensive player. Reed played for the University of Miami team that won the 2001 National Championship.[8]

  • At the University of Miami, Reed was a two-time consensus All-American selection in 2000 and 2001. In 2001, he led the nation with 9 picks for 209 yards (a school record) and 3 touchdowns. Reed helped seal a memorable win over Boston College in 2001 when he grabbed the ball out of teammate Matt Walters' hands, who had just intercepted it, and raced 80 yards for a touchdown.[9] Reed earned the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2001 and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News. He was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and was one of 12 semifinalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.


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College career

  • Reed set several records during his time at Miami. He holds the record for career interceptions with 21, career interception return yards with 389 and interceptions returned for touchdowns with 5.[10][11] He also blocked four punts during his four year career. Reed also participated on the track and field team during his years at Miami and was a Big East Champion in the javelin.[12]

  • He graduated in 2001 with a degree in liberal arts.[8]

  • Reed and Indianapolis Coltswide receiverReggie Wayne were roommates throughout college at the University of Miami.[13]


Professional career

Professional career

  • After college, Reed was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (24th overall pick) of the 2002 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, Reed started in all 16 games and finished the campaign with 85 tackles and five interceptions. The following year he finished the season with 71 tackles and seven interceptions. He was also voted to his first Pro Bowl.

  • In 2004, Reed was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press a season where, in addition to his record return, he also set the NFL mark for most interception return yardage (358) on 9 interceptions. Furthermore, in 2004, Reed became the only player in Pro Bowl history to block a punt and return it for a touchdown. In 2005, Reed only played in ten games due to an ankle injury.

  • He finished the campaign with 37 tackles and one interception. In 2006, Reed made 60 tackles and five interceptions and was voted to his third Pro Bowl. In 2007, he made 39 tackles and seven interceptions. In the 2007 Pro Bowl he recorded two interceptions, tying the Pro Bowl record.


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Professional career

  • Reed continued his strong special teams[14] play so far during his NFL career with 4 blocked punts, returning 3 for touchdowns, which tied an NFL record. He is also the first person in NFL history to return an interception, punt, blocked punt, and fumble for a touchdown.[citation needed]

  • Reed currently holds the Ravens franchise record for career interceptions with 43.[15] He also holds the franchise record for interception-return yards in a single game with 150.[15] During a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 23, 2008, Reed returned an interception for 108 yards.[15][16] This set an NFL record, breaking his own record of 106 yards.[15][17]

  • The ball he intercepted and the jersey he wore during the play are now in the Hall of Fame. [15][18] In the Ravens' 2009 AFC wild card game against the Miami Dolphins, Reed intercepted Chad Pennington twice, returning one for a touchdown. To date, he has 5 interceptions in 5 career post-season games.


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Professional career

  • Reed was the only player unanimously voted onto the AP 2008 NFL All-Pro team.[19] In Sept. 2009, Ed was selected to the Sporting News' Magazines Team of the Decade (2000's).

  • Reed has scored a total of 11 touchdowns in his career—3 blocked punts, 1 punt return, 2 fumble returns and 5 interception returns.


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