Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
The entire Team For the Ages roster will be unveiled at "Football Legends LIVE!" Sept. 8 in Crystal Lake, Ill. Tickets are on sale now: https://shawmediaevents.com/e/pfw50
While he played the bulk of his career in the shadow of Ray Lewis, few players in the history of the NFL have left their mark on more games with impact plays than safety Ed Reed, a runaway choice for Pro Football Weekly’s “Team For The Ages.”
Reed was so dominant at his position over 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and a 12th injury riddled year split between the Houston Texans and New York Jets, most believe that like Lewis this year, he is a shoo-in to be a first ballot Hall Of Famer next year.
Reed collected one Super Bowl Ring in 2012 when the Ravens won XLVII, went to nine pro Bowls and was a five-time first team PFW/PFWA All Pro in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Reed was also the 2004 PFW Defensive Player of the Year, lead the NFL in interceptions in 2004, 2008, and 2010 and his 64 career INT.’s rank seventh all time in NFL history, one more than Ronnie Lott, one less than Charles Woodson and seven less than Rod Woodson – all also finalists for the PFW Team For The Ages.
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His former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan once called Reed the “biggest game-changer I’ve ever coached,” and Ryan also predicted Reed would be a head coach some day.
Reed was a two-time consensus All American at Miami and was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame last January, and he did spend one year as an NFL secondary coach under Ryan in Buffalo in 2016
He set numerous NFL records over the course of his career, two of which still stand, a 108-yard interception return for a touchdown is the longest ever and his 1,590 career interception return yards.
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Remarkably Reed also returned interceptions 107 and 106 yards during his career.
In addition to all of his other NFL and Baltimore Ravens records, Reed was the first player in NFL history to return an interception, fumble, blocked punt and punt for touchdowns.
He joins Lott as the second of our three Team For The Ages safeties.
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