Former Baltimore Ravens great Ed Reed is ready to officially retire from the NFL. The 12-year veteran will announce the end of his career on Thursday afternoon at the Ravens’ training complex, according to the team.
Reed terrorized quarterbacks for more than a decade, always lurking at the back of Baltimore’s defense. The safety was arguably the most feared man at his position during the early to mid-2000s.
Reed played for the Ravens from the time they took him 24th overall in the 2002 draft through the 2012 season. He had five interceptions (including playoffs) during the 2012 season where he won his only Super Bowl championship.
The following season, he split time between the New York Jets and the Houston Texans. His last game in the NFL was a Week 17 contest against the Dolphins as a member of the Jets.
The 36-year-old’s retirement is not shocking considering he did not play last season. He finished his career with 644 tackles, 64 interceptions, 140 passes defensed, six sacks and seven touchdowns. He should not have to wait too long to get the call that puts him in the Hall of Fame.
No. 20 is stepping away from the game while the Ravens celebrate their 20th anniversary.