Ed Reed has retired. The original ballhawk safety is being inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium later this year. We take a look at some of Ed Reed's top moments as a way of remembering the greatness that was Ed Reed's career in purple.
5. Week 6 of the 2003 season vs. the Arizona Cardinals
It was 2003, and outside of Jamal Lewis rushing for over 100 yards, the Ravens couldn't get anything going on offense, and Kyle Boller couldn't lead the offense to score a single touchdown. Fortunately for the Ravens, the defense and special teams picked up the slack. Ed Reed would get things started. The Ravens were nursing a two point lead with 1:47 left in the first half. The Cardinals were going to punt from their own 31, when Ed Reed blocked the punt and then picked it up to take it back to the house. The Cardinals would not threaten the Ravens lead for the rest of the game.
4.Week 5 of the 2004 season vs. the Washington Redskins
The Ravens were down 10 points in the second half and after three Kyle Boller interceptions and no touchdowns, it was a miracle that they weren't getting blown out. The offense obviously was not going to save the day. Ed Reed, who was better at scoring than the offense, would make three plays to save the day. First he would sack Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell for 13 yards, force a fumble, recover it at the Redskins 22, and then take it to the house. Second, he would tackle running-back Clinton Portis for a loss of two yards on 3rd and 1 at the Redskins 35. Finally, he laid a crucial block on B.J. Sams 87-yard punt return touchdown that gave the Ravens a lead that they would not relinquish.
3. Week 12 of the 2003 season vs. the Seattle Seahawks
The Ravens playoff hopes were at stake here, as the Ravens were 6-5 heading into this matchup. And things did not look good for the Ravens, as they were down 17 points in the fourth quarter with 6:41 to go. Ed Reed, ever the one for theatrics, would start the comeback by blocking a punt at the Seattle 31, recovering it at the Seattle 16, and taking it back to the house. An Anthony Wright touchdown pass and a Matt Stover field goal would take it into overtime, and Stover would win it with a field goal.
2. Week 9 of the 2004 season vs. the Cleveland Browns
The Ravens spent most of this game trying to defeat the Browns with field goals. A two yard rush by Jamal Lewis and a two point conversion would give the Ravens their first lead of the day. But the Browns were driving and they were at the Ravens five with 46 seconds to go, needing only a touchdown to tie the game. Ed Reed would intercept Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia's pass and take it an (at the time) NFL record 105 yards for the game sealing touchdown.
1.Week 12 of the 2008 season vs. the Philadelphia Eagles
Things were going great for the Ravens. The Ravens were up 12-7 after a Matt Stover field goal, Joe Flacco touchdown pass, and a blocked punt by Jameel McClain resulted in a safety. Ed Reed would intercept Kevin Kolb in the endzone and then break his own record by taking it back 108 yards for a score. His interception ended the Eagles chance to get back in the game and turned the game into a blowout.