Days Until Super Bowl LIII From January 14: 20
Ed Reed is widely considered to be one of the greatest safeties in NFL history and he earned his “ball hawk’ nickname thanks to a number of exceptional performances. He earned nine Pro Bowl selections, won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and made the NFL 2000s All-Decade team.
The Baltimore Ravens superstar, who wore the number 20, had an uncanny ability to lure quarterbacks into throwing interceptions and he led the league for interceptions on three different seasons. He also holds the NFL record for interception return yards and he basically amounted to instant offense of defense, with 64 career interceptions and nine defensive touchdowns.
He only made one Super Bowl appearance and it came right at the tail end of his career. At the age of 34 he made it to Super Bowl XLVII with his beloved Ravens and he did not disappoint. They were up against the San Francisco 49ers, who had never thrown an interception in any of their six Super Bowl appearances, but in the second quarter Reed intercepted a pass from Colin Kaepernick. That gave him nine career postseason picks, tying the NFL record, and he also recorded five solo tackles and deflected a pass as Baltimore snatched a narrow 34-31 victory.
That inspired Reed to delay his retirement for a year, but he left Baltimore as his contract had expired. He made a few appearances for the Texans and the Jets in 2013, picking another three interceptions for good measure, and retired a legend. The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will be named on Feb. 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, and Reed is a virtual lock thanks to the effortless fashion in which he embarrassed opposition quarterbacks throughout his career.