Ed Reed is one of the best safeties to ever play the game, no question. So when he and the Ravens organization announced his retirement today, it came as no surprise that the praise was heaped on him from everyone that spoke.
From John Harbaugh to Ozzie Newsome, everyone couldn't have said nicer things about the Ravens' star. Even former Ravens kicker Matt Stover was present at the announcement.
John Harbaugh: 'Amazing range and ball skills, that's very rare.'
As you have come to expect with Reed, he not only let his play do the talking, he had to add a few quips himself.
When asked about which quarterbacks were the hardest he had to go against:
Every quarterback in Cleveland I loved, Cincinnati, too, Pittsburgh always a tough team with Ben Roethlisberger.
The ballhawk even made a little 4/20 joke when he said that he thought about retiring on the anniversary of being drafted. He friend stopped him because of "the quote-unquote things behind 4/20."
Surprisingly, Newsome mentioned that the drafting of Reed was actually a mix-up. The team had attempted to trade up in the first round to select one of a few of the cornerbacks that they liked. The trade failed and they had Reed still left on their board to select.
Reed was asked a bit about possibly coaching in the future. When the topic was brought up, he mentioned that he is currently coaching flag football for 4 year olds and 7 year olds and that "It doesn't make you want to be a coach!" He ultimately did say that while he is unsure about whether he will eventually dive into the coaching pool, he will always be around football in some aspect because it is in his heart and blood.
Reed was not known for being the most humble of players but made sure to keep some point of focus towards the city of Baltimore and it's people by referencing the riots.
Ignore the noise. Gonna have noise. We all know right and wrong. We gotta work together man.
The only way we're going to be able to survive is together. Same thing for the city.
The Ravens will induct Ed Reed into their Ring of Honor on November 22nd at halftime against the St. Louis Rams. We wish the best to Reed, his family and to the rest of his post-football career. Hopefully we'll see him in Baltimore again, but as a coach.