February 27, 2016

Highlighted Year: Ed Reed, 2003

Safety, Baltimore Ravens

Age: 25 (Sept. 11)
2nd season in pro football & with Ravens
College: Miami (FL)
Height: 5’11” Weight: 205

Reed was chosen by the Ravens in the first round (24th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft and was inserted into the starting lineup at strong safety. He made an impression with his skill as a tackler combined with his ballhawking ability. Reed had five interceptions as a rookie, which he returned for 167 yards. He quickly developed into a premier player at his position.

2003 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Interceptions – 7 [4, tied with Marcus Coleman & Patrick Surtain, 1st in AFC]
Most interceptions, game – 2 vs. Cleveland 9/14
Int. return yards – 132 [8]
Most int. return yards, game – 55 (on 2 int.) vs. Cleveland 9/14
Int. TDs – 1 [7, tied with many others]
Sacks – 1
Fumble recoveries – 0
Forced fumbles – 1
Tackles – 59
Assists – 12

Punt Returns
Returns – 5  
Yards – 33
Average per return – 6.6
TDs – 0
Longest return – 19 yards

TDs – 1
Points – 6

Postseason: 1 G (AFC Wild Card playoff vs. Tennessee)
Interceptions – 1
Interception return yards – 23
Int. return TDs – 0

Awards & Honors:
1st team All-NFL: PFWA, Sporting News
2nd team All-NFL: AP
1st team All-AFC: Pro Football Weekly
Pro Bowl

Ravens went 10-6 to finish first in the AFC North. Lost AFC Wild Card playoff to Tennessee Titans (20-17).

Reed followed up in 2004 with a season in which he led the league with 9 interceptions and a then- record 358 return yards, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He had a lesser year in ‘05 as injuries limited him to 10 games but, shifted to free safety, came back strong in 2006 as he regained his status as one of the dominant defensive players in the NFL. After 11 seasons capped by a championship in 2012, Reed left the Ravens and signed with the Houston Texans for 2013 but was waived during the season and signed by the Jets in what was his final year. Reed was a consensus first-team All-NFL selection on five occasions, received at least second-team consideration after three other seasons, and was named to nine Pro Bowls, including seven straight from 2006-12. He led the league in interceptions twice more, with 9 in 2008 and 8 in 2010, and had a career total of 64 that he returned for a NFL-record 1590 yards and seven touchdowns. 61 of the interceptions were with the Ravens, making him the club’s career leader by far.


Highlighted Years features players who were consensus first-team All-League* selections or league* or conference** leaders in the following statistical categories:

Rushing: Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Passing: Yards, Completion Pct., Yards per Attempt, TDs, Rating
Receiving: Catches, Yards, TDs (min. 10)
Scoring: TDs, Points, Field Goals (min. 5)
All-Purpose: Total Yards
Defense: Interceptions, Sacks
Kickoff Returns: Average
Punt Returns: Average
Punting: Average

*Leagues include NFL (1920 to date), AFL (1926), AFL (1936-37), AAFC (1946-49), AFL (1960-69), WFL (1974-75), USFL (1983-85)

**NFC/AFC since 1970