Former All-Pro safety Ed Reed announced his retirement Thursday after signing a one-day contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time first-team All-Pro, Reed last played for the New York Jets in the 2013 season. It was a stint to forget after being cut by the Houston Texas earlier that year. Reed's career will be remembered for the great years he had in Baltimore.
Reed holds the record for most interception return yards (1,590) in NFL history. His nine career postseason picks are also tied for the most ever. Reed's 64 interceptions rank sixth all-time, and 61 of them came during his 11-year career with the Ravens.
"You’ve probably heard me say I was born to play football," Reed said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. "That’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, is that I’m going to be around football. Football is in my blood. It’s in my heart. It’s in my family. I’ll definitely be around football."
Reed was a consensus All-American at Miami and drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Ravens in 2002 with the 24th overall pick. It only took two years before he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, when he intercepted nine passes.
Baltimore has also announced Reed will be inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Nov. 22 at M&T Bank Stadium against the St. Louis Rams. It probably will take just five years before Reed is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the moment he becomes eligible.