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Ed Reed Named Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalist

January 04, 2019 - 5:52 am

By Joe Schiller 

From Jonathan Ogden in 2013 to Ray Lewis in 2018, the Baltimore Ravens are likely headed toward their third Hall of Fame inductee.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed the 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2019 last night and among them – former Raven great Ed Reed.

Reed, in his first year of eligibility, joins other notable names including Tony Gonzalez, Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey, Ty Law and Steve Hutchison.

A 9-time Pro Bowler, 5-time First-Team All-Pro and 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, Reed is considered one of the greatest safeties in NFL history and has the resume to prove it. He totaled 643 tackles, 64 interceptions, 139 passes defended and 11 forced fumbles in 12 seasons.

When the term “Ball Hawking” safety is brought up in conversation, Reed is one of the first players attributed to it. He returned seven interceptions for touchdowns over the course of his career. Two – returns of 106 and 107 yards – are incredible plays few secondary players could make.

Per a statement released by the NFL, the HOF selection committee will meet on February 2nd, one day before Super Bowl LIII, to determine the enshrinees.

No less than four or more than eight can be inducted, not including any nominees from the Hall of Fame’s Contributors and Seniors Committees.

Reed will need at least 80 percent vote from the selection committee to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

When it’s all said and done, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a unanimous vote. He was that good of a player and it’s not an exaggeration.