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Ed Reed's legacy is sealed with spot in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ed Reed's legacy is sealed with spot in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ed Reed can now add "Hall of Fame" to his legendary career resume.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Saturday that in his first year of eligibility, Reed will be enshrined in the 2019 class.

Even more impressive, it only took the 44 members of the selection committee two minutes and 20 seconds to vote on his enshrinement. Reed is the first safety in 33 years to be voted in in their first year of eligibility. 

Drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Reed would go on to play 11 seasons with the organization. During that span, he was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and started 159 of 160 games.

On the field with the Ravens, Reed had 61 interceptions for 1,541 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition, the safety racked up 11 forced fumbles and 13 fumbles recovered for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Not to forget a Super Bowl XLVII championship.

After stints with the Houston Texans and New York Jets, Reed retired with 1,590 interception yards — an NFL record — and tied a league record for interceptions three times. His 64 interceptions ranks seventh of all time. 

In 2004, Reed broke a 17-year-old record by posting a 106 yard interception return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns. Then just four years later, the safety broke his own record with a 108 yard interception return against the Philadelphia Eagles. 

But to the city of Baltimore, Reed was much more than just numbers. He was a force to be reckoned with and rounded out the terrifying defensive trio made up of himself, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. The safety's bone crushing (and now illegal) hits were a symbol of a Ravens defense that was unstoppable and is still mentioned among some of the best ever.

"Ed just always had a great knack for making a critical play in a critical situation," general manager Eric DeCosta said. "He was a finisher. He was a guy that when the lights were on, he was going to make the play – just like that Washington [Redskins] game. I’ll never forget that night game when he blocked the punt, recovered the fumble and basically, single-handedly won that game for us. He just had a flare for making the best play of the game.”

Reed's leadership wasn't felt just on the field, but in the Ravens' locker room as well.

"I love Ed Reed the man. I love Ed Reed the person. I love Ed Reed the brother, the father," former teammate Torrey Smith told the #RedskinsTalk podcast Wednesday. 

"That's like my big brother. He helped me get through some of my darkest days, you know my brother passed away. He was always a great leader. You can talk to him about anything. Money, finances, being young and broke in College Park to all of a sudden you're making a whole lot of money at 22-years-old. Dealing with family, the struggles that come with that. Just being a man. Religion, peace, just everything, man. Reed's a guy that I have a lot of respect for and he's a first ballot Hall of Famer, obviously because of his talent, but I hope everyone gets the opportunity to meet Ed Reed one day because of the person that he is."

Reed is now the third player drafted by the Ravens organization to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. All three earned their gold jackets in their first year of eligibility. 

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Orioles great Cal Ripken: Lamar Jackson is 'the No. 8 in Baltimore now’

Orioles great Cal Ripken: Lamar Jackson is 'the No. 8 in Baltimore now’

There's just something special about wearing No. 8 in Baltimore.

Orioles legend Cal Ripken wore that number on his back for 2,632 consecutive games, a record that will almost certainly never be broken. He was named an All-Star 19 times during his time in Baltimore, along with having two AL MVP awards, two Gold Gloves and eight Silver Sluggers to his name.

While Ripken's No. 8 will be honored in Baltimore forever, there's a new No. 8 chasing his glory. That would be Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

In just his second season and first full year as a starter, Jackson took the NFL by storm. The recently turned 23-year-old led Baltimore to an AFC-best 14-2 record while leading the NFL in touchdown passes with 36. The likely MVP broke Michael Vick's single-season quarterback rushing yards record this season, too, while only committing seven turnovers on the year.

"It’s his time, though," Ripken told The Athletic. "He is No. 8. He’s the No. 8 in Baltimore now."

Ripken's praise for Baltimore's new No. 8 didn't stop there.

"I was always excited to watch the Ravens, but I mean, you’re particularly excited seeing some of the things he does," Ripken said on Jackson. “You think you’re gonna see something that you haven’t seen before. He’s making people miss him and fall down with some of his moves."

This past offseason, Jackson threw out the first pitch at an Orioles game with a custom No. 8 jersey on his back. Jackson thanked Ripken for letting him "borrow" his jersey for the day.

Jackson has plenty of years to go to match Ripken's longevity, but there's a tremendous amount of respect from both No. 8's in the Charm City.

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Lamar Jackson gets help warming up for the Pro Bowl from Drew Brees' son

Lamar Jackson gets help warming up for the Pro Bowl from Drew Brees' son

Lamar Jackson’s season may have ended a little sooner than he would’ve liked, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to have a little fun over the offseason.

The presumptive MVP is in Miami for the Pro Bowl festivities, figuring to be a popular target for young fans to look out for. Among those fans is Baylen Brees, the son of future Hall of Drew Brees. The Saints quarterback reached out on Instagram to tell Jackson his son hoped to meet him.

That evidently came to fruition, as Jackson was spotted throwing the football with a group of kids—Baylen among them.

Jackson has already taken plenty of time to hang out with kids, messing around with them at the hotel and on the field.

In good spirits, Jackson will represent the Ravens and the AFC at the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

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