Ed Reed Returns to Baltimore

Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

For eleven years, number 20 patrolled the back of the Ravens defense, striking fear into opposing quarterbacks. Collecting 61 interceptions and returning them for 1,541 yards and 15 touchdowns, Ed Reed more than proved himself as best safety in the NFL. He has put himself into the conversation of best NFL safety of all time.

Nine time Pro Bowler. Eight time All-Pro. Three time NFL interceptions leader. NFL defensive player of the year. Superbowl champion.

NFL record for most career interception return yards. NFL record for longest interception return. NFL record for most career postseason interceptions.

These are the credentials of Ed Reed as a Baltimore Raven.

But Ed Reed is no longer a Baltimore Raven

This past offseason, Reed left his team and fan base that loved him unconditionally for a 3 year $15 million contract with the Houston Texans. He left a fan base that has stood behind him through his entire injury plagued career. It has never been easy being Reed’s fan, and it is about to get harder.

As his career progressed, his ability to tackle digressed. Reed’s greatest asset was his greatest flaw, as his reckless abandon that resulted in so many interceptions also gave up the occasional big play.

But still, the Ravens’ faithful has defiantly stood by him. There was an outcry when the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston conjectured that the Ravens were better off without him and did not want him back. Ed Reed’s saga of signing this offseason took years off of Ravens’ fans’ lives. When the news that he chose Houston broke, a sudden emptiness was felt throughout Baltimore.

Just as injuries have always plagued Ed Reed (the man plays with no respect for his own body), they are still bothering him. Reed has yet to take a snap this season, and it appears his first will be against his former team.

It does not feel right seeing Reed written on a blue and red jersey, and it will only get worse when the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans take the field this weekend. As hurt as Ravens’ fans might be, "REEEEEED" will still be ringing through M&T Bank Stadium, perhaps for the last time. 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Baltimore Beat Down

You must be a member of Baltimore Beat Down to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beat Down. You should read them.

Join Baltimore Beat Down

You must be a member of Baltimore Beat Down to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Baltimore Beat Down. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker