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Ed Reed
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Reed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012
No. 20, 22
Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: September 11, 1978 (1978-09-11) (age 43)
St. Rose, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Destrehan
(Destrehan, Louisiana)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XLVII)
  • Pro Bowl (2003, 2004, 2006–2012)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro (2004, 2006–2008, 2010)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2003, 2009, 2011)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004)
  • 3× NFL interceptions leader (2004, 2008, 2010)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor
  • 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class
  • BCS national champion (2001)
  • Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
  • 2× Consensus All-American (2000, 2001)
NFL records
  • 1,590 interception return yards, career
  • 107-yard interception return
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 643
Sacks: 6.0
Passes defended: 139
Interceptions: 64
Int. return yards: 1,590
Forced fumbles: 11
Fumble Recoveries: 13
Defensive Touchdowns: 9
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Player stats at PFR

Edward Earl Reed Jr. (born September 11, 1978 in St. Rose, Louisiana) is an American football player. He plays as a free safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). Reed was drafted out of the University of Miami by the Baltimore Ravens with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft.


Reed grew up in Louisiana.


Reed played for the Miami Hurricanes as a free safety in college. He wore #20.

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

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Reed (20) playing for the Ravens against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Reed was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2002. He had seven interceptions in his first season. Reed also developed a talent for blocking punts. In 2004, Reed had what may have been his best career season. He intercepted nine passes, made one sack, had 358 total return yards, and scored twice. This earned Reed the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004. One of his touchdowns was a record 106 yards after he intercepted a pass. That was an NFL record until Reed broke his own record in 2008 with a 107 yard interception return for a touchdown. In 2010, Reed intercepted nine passes even though he missed six games because of an injury.

In his career (not counting postseason), Reed managed 547 tackles (455 alone), six sacks, a safety (A sack in the end zone. The team that makes the sack is awarded two points and the opposing drive stops.), 11 forced fumbles, a Ravens record 57 interceptions, and 12 career touchdowns. Reed has become a critical component on a feared Baltimore defense. He is sometimes referred to as the "Robin to the Batman." The "Batman" would be middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who played 16 great seasons on the Ravens. Reed won Super Bowl XLVII with the Ravens when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.


Reed started the Eye of the Hurricane Foundation, which helps recovery efforts in Reed's home state of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina badly damaged the region in 2005.

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