Friday, September 20, 2013
Ed Reed Watch: No. 3 moment
By Jamison Hensley
In honor of Ed Reed making his possible return to Baltimore on Sunday, the ESPN.com Ravens team page is counting down the most memorable moments for the former Ravens safety all week. Because Reed built a career off the "pick-six," I thought it would be appropriate to list his top six performances:
No. 3: The first history-making return
Date: Nov. 7, 2004
What happened: With the Ravens leading the Browns 20-13, Reed saved the game with historic flair. He caught Jeff Garcia's deflected pass off his shoetops deep in the end zone, and rather than take a knee, he sped down the right sideline for the score with 26 seconds left in the game. His 106-yard interception return set an NFL record at the time. Reed was so far ahead of any Cleveland player as he headed toward the end zone that he began galloping and dancing. The turnover did come with controversy. The Browns believed linebacker Ray Lewis should have been flagged for pass interference. He got tangled up with tight end Aaron Shea and the ball went off the intended receiver's hands.
What Reed said: "We definitely weren't thinking they were going to score. We never give up. We never quit."
Stat to remember: 20 -- Years since a safety won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award before Reed earned it in 2004. He finished with nine interceptions, 78 tackles, three forced fumbles and two sacks that season. In his third season, Reed received 20 votes from a national panel of writers and broadcasters who cover pro football, beating Steelers linebacker James Farrior, who had 16. Kenny Easley of Seattle was the last safety to take the award, in 1984.