Five things you may not know about Ed Reed, the Ravens’ all-time great safety who will officially retire Thursday during a 2 p.m. press conference.
1. During his college days at the University of Miami, one of Reed’s roommates was long-time Colts receiver Reggie Wayne. Talk about a room with star power.
2. Reed’s first career interception for the Ravens came against Brian Griese of the Broncos during a Monday night football victory. Reed’s last career interception for the Ravens came against Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
3. Reed registered the first blocked punt in Ravens history as a rookie in 2002 against the Broncos. Before Reed arrived, the Ravens had gone six seasons without blocking a punt. Reed’s impact on special teams was part of his greatness.
4. Reed wasn’t even the first Miami player taken in the 2002 draft. That honor went to tight end Jeremy Shockey, who the Giants took with the 14th pick. Another Hurricane teammate, cornerback Phillip Buchanon, went 17th to the Raiders. Reed wasn’t the first safety taken either. The Cowboys took safety Roy Williams with the eight pick. Reed went to the Ravens at No. 24. The pick before Reed was linebacker Napoleon Harris, who went 23rd to the Raiders.
5. Reed graduated from the University of Miami in 2001 with a degree in liberal arts. One of his passions is working with youth in his native New Orleans.