Saturday, September 21, 2013
Ed Reed Watch: No. 2 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. 2: Grasping the elusive Lombardi Trophy
Date: Feb. 3, 2013
What happened: It was fitting that Reed was able to finish his decorated Ravens career with a championship. He also won the Super Bowl at New Orleans' Superdome, which is five minutes from where he grew up. Reed's interception of an overthrown Colin Kaepernick pass was key in the Ravens building their big lead in the second quarter. It marked the first time a 49ers quarterback had been intercepted in a Super Bowl. Reed later forced an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter when the 49ers were trying to tie the score on a two-point conversion. After the game, Reed brandished an unlit cigar and busted out Eddie Money's "Two Tickets To Paradise." Yes, Reed had finally reached football's promised land.
What Reed said: "To do it for the hometown, in the hometown, to do it for Baltimore -- there can't be a better feeling than that. I'm blessed and grateful. I'm just so grateful."
Stat to remember: 9 -- Reed's postseason interceptions, which ties an NFL record. The other players who have picked off nine passes in the playoffs are: Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson and Ronnie Lott. The only active player who has more than four interceptions in the postseason is Asante Samuel (seven).