The Ravens are kicking off their 20th NFL season this year. To commemorate that achievement, we'll take a look at the Ravens' top 10 players of the last 20 years.
#4 - Ed Reed
One of the more controversial figures on the Ravens over the last 20 years, Reed was a player that was great but still had his weird errors (lateraling a ball to no one, or holding out the ball to be knocked away in his rookie season). A first round pick out of the University of Miami, he joined several other 'U' players on the Ravens roster that would achieve greatness.
Reed would be with the Ravens from the time they drafted him in 2002 through 2012 until his final season bouncing between the Houston Texans and New York Jets. Sadly, while Reed was great for so many years, he lost the ability to bait quarterbacks into bad throws and make them pay for it like he had during his younger days and was not able to get the hint that he should have retired at the end of his Ravens run.
A nine time Pro Bowl player, Reed went every year from 2003 all the way through 2012 and was an All-Pro from 2003 until 2011. Reed did what few players in the NFL are able to do by winning a Super Bowl ring and being able to hold his head high during the parade. He was the AP's NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and a member of the All-Decade Team. In addition to his numerous awards, Reed holds several NFL and Ravens records.
Most career interception return yards - 1590 yards
Longest interception return - 108 yards
Most post-season interceptions - Tied at 9 interceptions
Most career blocked punts returned for touchdowns - Tied at 3
First person in NFL history to return an interception, punt, blocked punt and fumble for a touchdown
Most career interceptions - 61
Most career interception return yards - 1547
Most career interception return touchdowns - 8
Most passes defended - 138
Most interception-return yards in a single game - 150
Reed is clearly a player that should see his name in Canton with a Hall of Fame jacket around his body. Reed will almost assuredly be a player that the Ravens induct into their Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium in the next few years as his accomplishments for the Ravens rival any other player in Baltimore history.