Ed Reed officially became a Houston Texan on Friday. An era in Baltimore has ended. After the wax on the contract seal dried, Reed joined Glenn Younes.
“This is the hardest thing I went through in my life,” the future Hall of Famer told Glenn. “I wanted to be Black and Purple, but I’m 34 now and the league knows that.”
Reed spent eleven seasons in Baltimore, and set a precedent for future players at his position posting 61 interceptions in Purple. He also holds the record for most INT return yards in history with 1,541.
“I listened to the people badmouthing me on your show,” Reed continued. “I gave Baltimore everything I had. I support Baltimore like New Orleans.”
The All-Pro safety will continue to support Baltimore. His Foundation has several events still scheduled in Charm City. “The Eye of the Hurricane” focuses on helping youth realize their full potential, even those of lesser means.
“I’m trying to be like Joe,” Reed said. “Not Joe Flacco. Joe Blow. I want to do what I can to help the community.”
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After the interview, there were an overwhelming number of texts and calls in support of Ed Reed. Baltimore will miss him, and Reed will miss Baltimore.
“Did I want it? No. Do I understand it? Yes,” Reed concluded. “It’s a business, but the way it ended in Baltimore? You cannot write a better book.”
The epilogue of that book will be written in Houston, but number 20 will be forever remembered as a Raven. He leaves Baltimore with no hard feelings, and nothing but love. Good luck as a Texan, and retire a Raven.
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