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|A classic matchup of rivals: the Steelers' Lynn Swann vs. the Ravens' Ed Reed. MATCHUP GALLERY|
KELLEN WINSLOW: “Ed Reed studies the game and knows what to do in the fourth quarter. That’s mental toughness. Some guys get tired and stop focusing and just think about getting their breath back for the next play. It takes a great deal of mental toughness to perform in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line.”
JERRY RICE: “I picked Ed Reed because of his awareness on the football field and is a ball hawk, but he can also deliver the blow in the secondary.”
JAMES LOFTON: "I think he could play in any era and play at any skill position, too. He could be a great running back. He could play wide receiver. He could play corner. He could play safety. He is phenomenal. The fact that he plays the game a little differently, where most safeties line up at 12 yards and back up, here's a guy who lines up at 25 and comes forward. He's a puzzle. And I say that about his physical ability, but I think his greatest ability is that he's smarter than a lot of other players. A lot smarter. And smarter than a lot of other coaches, too. You watch him and ask, "What the heck is he doing?" His ability to anticipate where the ball is going and where the quarterback wanted to go with the ball ... and then keep the quarterback away from there. Then, he has that ability to burst and make a play."