Ed Reed’s humble act


After Sunday’s game, I have a newfound respect for Ravens safety Ed Reed.

Lost in much of the retirement talk surrounding his teammate and future Hall of Fame brethren Ray Lewis, Sunday was quite possibly the last time Ravens fans will see Reed play at M&T Bank Stadium in a Ravens uniform. While Reed said on 105.7 the Fan’s Glenn Younes show last week that he has no immediate plans to retire, Ravens fans know that Reed is notorious for having a tune that changes as frequently as the tides. Whether or not he plays in the NFL next year, his $7 million per season price tag isn’t likely to decrease, making him far too expensive for the Ravens, who are right up against the salary cap.

After the Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Houston Texans on Sunday, the possibility of the Ravens hosting the AFC Championship game in Baltimore was eliminated, but the fact was solidified that Lewis’ last home game would be the following day.

As the pre-game ceremonies began, fans cut tailgating short and went in earlier than usual. Not many purple seats remained unoccipued to see the moment everyone was waiting for – Lewis’ final dance.

Simply put, the moment was perfect. It was something fans have witnessed almost 100 times, but to me, one of the most impressive parts of the celebration of Lewis’ career during pre game introductions was the humble act by Reed.

When Reed is introduced, he slowly emerges from the fog, his number 20 begins to appear and then plays to the crowd for their approval as 70,000+ echo his last name in unison. Sometimes, he just sprints, sometimes he flaps his arms around mimicking a Raven, but Reed’s potential final emergence was one of his best ever.

As Reed appeared, he turned to to his teammates, and pointed at them and the camera filming the introductions on the Smart Vision boards. He drew his index finger to his lips in an attempt to silence the crowd, turned and pointed to a wall of fog, where, as could be seen on the video boards, Ray crouched on his hands and knees praying on the floor.

What Lewis did next was historical and sent chills through the spines of those in attendance and watching on TV around the world.

In the long run, Reed’s actions will probably be forgotten as people reflect on the memories of Lewis’ last dance. However, Reed’s actions were a stark display of humility and displayed zero of the selfishness one might expect from a superstar future Hall of Fame player potentially being introduced to his home crowd for the final time.

The bond between Reed and Lewis started before Reed’s entrance into the NFL in 2002, as fellow University of Miami alumni, which is a brotherhood in itself. Reed’s act just added to what will go down as one of the lasting memories of Baltimore sports lore.

Is anyone shocked that Reed was unselfish?

Throughout his entire career, it seems like I’ve been yelling at him to stop lateralling the ball to his teammates.

Reed has always proven he’s a giver on the football field, and Sunday was the ultimate reminder.

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7 Raves on “Ed Reed’s humble act

  1. Colin on said:

    I thought the same thing as I watched this live. Reed sometimes has some of the more interesting comments when giving interviews, however, he always speaks his mind. Even as a Redskins fan, I’ve always held a high amount of respect for Reed because of the actions on the field you mentioned above, and what he did on Sunday only further cemeneted my opinion of him as a team player.

  2. Jillester on said:

    I definitely noticed Ed’s humble introduction. As much as the fans love Lewis, Reed’s love for him is tenfold. Good article!

  3. Lynn on said:

    What I loved about Ed Reed and his jester he made it about his friend and teammate, it is good to see a humble man out there playing. Ed Reed is a class act!!!!

  4. Rumor Ray on said:

    Personally I do not see Ed Reed leaving the Ravens. I could see him taking less to stay here and would think he either retires or plays for the Ravens next season. Win the Big Game and I say he hangs it up too.

  5. Matt on said:


    I picked up on what Reed was doing at the game, but the implications didn’t fully sink in until I read your article today. Thank you for the additional perspective!

  6. Betsy Green on said:

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Ed Reed several times and I have always been impressed with him. Never did he act high and mighty just a down to earth good person. He is my favorite player. It did not surprise me that he would do that for the Legend Ray Lewis.

  7. Ruth Miller on said:

    No, I wasn’t shocked by his actions, he is and always has been a class act. He has always proven it’s a team effort out there. I’m sure Ed Reed, Ray Rice and some others will miss Ray more than of any being they have a personal relationship with the man. I’m proud of all of the Ravens for their efforts in making sure this is a day Ray will remember.

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