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Former Ravens safety Ed Reed inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

February 02, 2019 - 8:19 pm

By: Kyle J. Andrews

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed is a 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Reed, 40, was drafted by the Ravens in the first round with the 23rd pick of the 2002 NFL Draft by Baltimore, playing with them for 11 seasons. He would then depart in free agency during the 2013 offseason to play with the Houston Texans and then finished his career with the New York Jets later that season. Reed is a first-ballot selection.

With his selection to the Hall of Fame, Reed becomes the first pure safety to be voted in since Ken Houston 33 years ago in 1986. He also becomes Baltimore’s third Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, joining left tackle Jonathan Ogden (2013) and linebacker Ray Lewis (2018).

The 11-year pro made the Pro Bowl nine times, selected first-team All-Pro five times, second-team All-Pro (three times), was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and is a Super Bowl Champion (XLVII). He’s also a Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor member.

Reed holds a number of NFL records:

  • Tied for most playoff career interceptions (9).
  • Most multi-interception games in a career (12).
  • First person in NFL history to return an interception, punt, blocked punt and fumble for a touchdown.
  • Most interception return yards, career (1,590 yards).
  • Longest interception Return (107 yards) *Resulted in a touchdown.
  • Tied for most career blocked punts returned for touchdowns in (3).

He also holds a number of Ravens records:

  • Most career interceptions (61).
  • Most interception return yards in a single game (150).
  • Most career interception return touchdowns (7).
  • Most passes defended (137).
  • Most career interception return yards (1,541).

Also joining Reed are defensive back Champ Bailey, Ty Law and seniors finalist Johnny Robinson tight end Tony Gonzalez, center Kevin Mawae, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and personnel executive Gil Brandt in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

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