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"Back to Back" with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed

Inside an Exclusive Interview of Two Ravens Legends

August 09, 2018 - 7:07 pm
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By Austin Medina  

In an interview released by the Ravens YouTube channel, newest Hall of Famer Ray Lewis sat down with fellow Ravens great Ed Reed.

Arguably the two greatest Ravens to ever wear the uniform, Lewis and Reed came from similar backgrounds. They both played at the University of Miami and Reed talked about how those days set him up for success in the NFL.

“Those days in Miami separated us and came with us to Baltimore,” Reed commented.

Lewis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend, but he talked about how influential Reed was in his career.

“I was invincible when I had #20 behind me…I don’t know if I had as much fun or would have been as passionate if I didn’t have you (Reed) as a teammate.”

Both players broke tons of records together in Baltimore and enjoyed boatloads of success. Lewis made the Pro Bowl 13 times as Reed made it nine times. Lewis totaled 41.5 sacks along with 31 interceptions. The ball hawk Reed caught 64 interceptions along with seven touchdowns. Both were inducted into the University of Miami’s Ring of Honor. Their career success is intertwined with one another, mostly all in Baltimore.

(Here's a video of Reed's toughness on full display, just because.)

Lewis mentioned a “back-to-back” trend among the two former Hurricanes. In 2003, Lewis won NFL Defensive Player of the Year. A year later, Reed won the same award. The safety wouldn't miss Lewis' induction ceremony for the world and appeared in a way only he could.

With 2019 making Reed eligible for the Hall of Fame, Lewis wasn’t subtle on his thoughts.

“You next,” he said to Reed.

There was never a debate on whether Lewis should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The stats speak for themselves. The championships. The culture instilled into a city such as Baltimore. Next year, there will be no doubt on Ed Reed. He will be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

The duo spoke about the 2012 Super Bowl run and one of the moments they knew a championship was at reach.

“When Joe (Flacco) came, I knew we had got the quarterback we need (to succeed).”

Flacco, entering his 11th season, joined the Ravens in 2008 as the 18th overall pick in the draft. He’ll make his season debut Thursday night in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.

When asked of his definition of greatness, Reed answered “Greatness is enduring. Perseverance. Your name (Lewis) will come up in greatness.”

It’s a real question on where these two stars will rank among the league’s greatest duos. From one of the greatest linebackers ever to one of the greatest safeties ever, there’s no denying the effort and sacrifice both put into being great. Lewis raised a different debate, stating “I would love to see another duo more dominant than (us).”

Have fun trying to find another.