The City That Reeds

Reed Super Bowl

It’s interesting how many Ravens fans quickly dismiss Ed Reed as a player who chased the money. Instead of finishing his career as a life-long Raven, they reason that he was greedy and sold out.

Sound familiar?

If this describes you, you’re wrong!

Reed had little choice but to move on because for all intents and purposes the Ravens didn’t really make an offer. If the man wanted to continue playing and his then current employer made no offer, why should he be blamed for moving on?

And now that he has moved on, many fans consider him the enemy.

Fair enough. If he plays today I hope Joe Flacco uses Reed’s riverboat gambling tendencies against him. That said, let’s not so summarily dismiss or even forget what Reed meant to the Ravens.

Few would argue that if there was a Ravens Mt. Rushmore, Reed would be among the four atop the mount. He redefined the position and haunted quarterbacks. Tom Brady wrote No. 20 on his wristband while Peyton Manning was tortured during film study, mind-wrestling with ways to avoid Reed.

Should the future Hall of Famer suit up today for the first time in his Texans career, take advantage of the opportunity to chant it one more time: “REEEEEEEEEED”.

And then, count your blessings that he was one of ours for 11 years and that when his playing days are done, he’ll always be remembered as a Baltimore Raven.

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6 Raves on “The City That Reeds

  1. Jeff Werner on said:

    I don’t want to hear it, he played Baltimore for the last few years with his thoughts of retirement and such, we bent over backwards for the man. He did go to the money, I don’t care how it is played out or looks, Ozzie Newsome was stupid for allowing him all the freedom to play the organization as a person. As a player, sure he was the greatest safety we have ever had, but he did us wrong personally. Maybe not so professionally, but the way he treated us. Thats all I am going to say on it. I am tired of hearing about Ed Reed and Ray Lewis and why we cant win because of them. Our defense is better now than it has been for a while, remember, how bad our Defense was last year? Hmmm, wasnt Ed Reed on that defense too? Its time to get off that Ed Reed train, move on, its old news now.

    • dumb on said:

      this is dumb. do you really think he owed us something? The texans offered him 5 mil a year and he took it. The people who are saying that we can’t win without Ed and Ray are idiots. It’s not often you get to have a sure first ballot hall of famer play on your team for 10 years, appreciate it and don’t be so bitter.

  2. Jimmy Dundalk on said:

    All I want to say is we were very fortunate to have had the privilege to watch perhaps the best free safety the game has ever known,,,,,,,,,,,it will be a long time before we have another Ed Reed………….I wish him the best…………

  3. mahunterjr on said:

    I’ve got nothing against him. it doesn’t matter what his motivations were. people forget that this is a business, and he’s entitled to do what’s in his best interests…

  4. Middle River Terp on said:

    Exactly how I feel Tony, was Ed mecurial? Sure, but if he could play, you knew he would. He was a Safety the best QBs in the league had to account for on every down, no other player can claim that. I feel like Ed’s reputation suffered because he played with the greatest linebacker in the NFL, who was also the greatest showman in the NFL. Ed was a quiet professional who didn’t seek the spotlight. Did he lateral too much, sure; did he threaten retirement a lot, sure; but all that being said; ED REED is my favorite Raven and I am glad he got an INT in the Super Bowl in his last game as a Raven. I will be proudly wearing my Reed shirt in a sea of Lewis jerseys.

  5. Tylor Peryea on said:

    PRIMTIME SWITCHED TEAMS ROD WOODSON CHARLES WOODSON …. DOES THAT MAKE THEM BAD PEOPLE??? BALTIMORE HAD A HALL OF FAMER IN HIS PRIME AND NOW THAT HE IS CLOSED TO FINISHED HE IS GONE HE IS STILL AND ALWAYS WILL BE A RAVEN AND ENDED IN BALTIMORE A CHAMPION CANT ASK FOR MUCH MORE JERRY RICE SWITCHED BUT ENDED A NINER WOULDNT SUPRISE ME IF REED DOES THE SAME

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