The Ravens will hold a press conference Thursday at 2 p.m. to announce the official retirement of safety Ed Reed, the team confirmed Wednesday night. Although Reed did not play in the NFL last season, he had not formally retired. With his retirement official, the Ravens are expected to add Reed to their Ring of Honor next season.
Baltimore announced the news with the following image on Twitter:
After 12 years, Ed Reed is officially retiring: http://t.co/QJyaoBbl2U You quarterbacks can finally rest easy. pic.twitter.com/TmWxkXKn70
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 6, 2015
A Ravens first round pick in 2002 (24th overall), Reed had one of the greatest careers in Ravens history, spending 11 seasons with the team (2002-12), and making the Pro Bowl nine times. He was the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, and he played with a unique style, using his instincts, preparation, and ball skills to make game-changing plays.
Reed owns a host of Ravens’ records, including:
- Most interception return yards – 1590
- Most postseason interceptions – nine
- Most career interceptions – 61
- Most interceptions return touchdowns – eight
Reed’s career with the Ravens ended after they won Super Bowl XLVII. He signed with the Texans in 2013, was released during the season, and ended the 2013 with the Jets.
Now Reed has decided to return to the place where his legacy was built to announce his retirement. General manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, and team president Dick Cass will attend Thursday's press conference.