OWINGS MILLS -- Ravens president Dick Cass said that Ed Reed would be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor on Nov. 22, when they host the Rams. Here are some of the most poignant comments from Reed’s retirement press conference on Thursday.
From general manager Ozzie Newsome – “Whenever we knew it was time for a play to be made, we would all say, ‘It’s Ed Reed’s time.”’
From Cass – “We all know Ed was a great football player, but I think what some may not appreciate is what a great community leader he was in Baltimore.”
Coach John Harbaugh said he would never forget Reed taking the coach’s front seat on the bus after winning Super Bowl XLVII. “On the bus ride from the Superdome back to the hotel after the game, after all the celebration, Ed took my seat,” Harbaugh said. He said, “Coach I got the seat tonight. ‘I said, you earned it.’ So I sat across from him.”
Reed often gambled on defense, but he and former teammate Ray Lewis studied film for countless hours, allowing them to rarely be out of position.
“If you don’t put that study in, you’re really going in unprepared,” Reed said. “Coaches are going to give you everything that they see from their perspective. You got to get it from your perspective and put those two things together.
I can remember studying and staying by Ray’s house. The countless hours of working out. To this day, we still talk. Ray made my job easy. Playing with him was like no other. I’m honored to say that I played with him.”
Reed, who made the Pro Bowl nine times at safety, shared his thoughts about the possibility of making the Hall of Fame.
“One day,” Reed said. “One day I guess I’ll be there. When I go, everybody who was my teammates, who helped me to make those plays, my mentors, they go with me.”
I asked Reed which quarterbacks he found toughest to face.
“Philip Rivers was always tough to go against,” Reed said. “Tom Brady, he’s always a tough one, him and Peyton (Manning). Every quarterback in Cleveland I loved,” Reed said smiling. “Cincinnati, too. Pittsburgh was always tough to play against Ben Roethlisberger up there. He was not always in the pocket. You had to be a little bit more disciplined.”
Reed still looked fit enough to play, but said he knew it was time to retire. He signed a one-day contract Thursday so that he could officially retire as a Raven.
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