The heated Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens AFC North rivalry sees another great one call it quits.
A few weeks after long-time Pittsburgh SS Troy Polamalu and CB Ike Taylor announce their respective retirements from the game of football, the long-time Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed hangs up his cleats after 12 seasons in the league with the Ravens, Texans and Jets.
The future Hall of Fame free safety retires with nine Pro Bowls, eight All-Pro selections and a Super Bowl championship.
The 2004 AP Defensive Player of the Year winner led the league in interceptions three different times (2004, ’08 and ’10), and retires sixth on the all-time interceptions list (64), behind Hall of Famers such as Paul Krause, Emlen Tunnell, Rod Woodson and Dick “Night Train” Lane. He is, however, tied for first on the list of career playoff interceptions (9) and is first on the all-time INT yards (1,590) list.
Over his 174 career games (169 of which were starts), Reed has amassed some pretty impressive stats: 643 combined tackles, 6.0 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 141 passes defensed, 64 interceptions, 1,590 INT return yards, 7 INT return TDs.
Reed is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the greatest players in Baltimore Ravens history.
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