Another Ravens first-round draft pick is one step closer to having his football legacy sealed.
Former safety Ed Reed has been nominated for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class in his first year of eligibility.
He is among the 102 Modern-Era nominees that include five quarterbacks, 14 running backs, nine wide receivers, four tight ends, 15 offensive linemen, seven defensive lineman, 14 linebackers, 18 defensive backs, three punters/kickers, two special teams members and 11 coaches.
Some of the most notable names alongside Reed are tight end Tony Gonzalez, linebacker London Fletcher, cornerback Champ Bailey, former Ravens quarterback Steve McNair, wide receiver Hines Ward and NBC Sports Washington's own Brian Mitchell.
Reed's nomination is just the first step in a multi-step process. The list of nominees will be cut down from 108 to 15, then 10 and finally to five finalists, where the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee votes "yes" or "no." The final five must receive 80 percent "yes" votes to be inducted into the 2019 class. The Selection Committee will meet Sunday, Feb. 2, 2019, one day prior to Super Bowl LIII, to elect the class. The finalist will be formally enshrined Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Canton, Ohio.
The Ravens selected Reed in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he would go on to play 11 seasons with the organization. During those 11 seasons, he was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and started 159 of 160 games.
On the field, Reed had 61 interceptions for 1,541 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition, the safety raked up 11 forced fumbles and 13 fumbles recovered for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Not to forget a Super Bowl XLVII championship.
Reed and newly enshrined Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis were the terrifying dynamic duo of the Ravens defense for years. It comes as no surprise that he has been nominated in his first year of eligibility. Reed has been considered a lock for enshrinement since retiring after the 2013 season.
If voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019, Reed will be the third Raven to be enshrined in their first year of eligibility after Jonathan Ogden and Lewis.
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