Sunday, September 22, 2013
Ed Reed Watch: No. 1 moment
By Jamison Hensley
In honor of Ed Reed making his possible return to Baltimore on Sunday, the ESPN 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. Here is No. 1 ...
No. 1: Making history again -- the 107-yard return
Date: Nov. 23, 2008
What happened: Reed eclipsed his previous NFL record by a yard on a fourth-quarter runback that led to a 36-7 rout of the Philadelphia Eagles. With the Ravens ahead 22-7, Reed picked off Philadelphia backup quarterback Kevin Kolb in the end zone and immediately broke up the sideline. Reed made his first cut back to sidestep Kolb and then pushed running back Brian Westbrook off to the side. He eluded a diving tackle by lineman Todd Herremans, leaving one more Eagle to beat. After faking out tight end Brent Celek at the Philadelphia 20-yard line, Reed jaunted the rest of the way for his 10th career touchdown. It wasn't as dramatic as his previous record return -- that one sealed a win over Cleveland -- but this comes in ranked No. 1 because it's tough to top history.
What Reed said: "We're on a mission. It's to get to the next level and the playoffs. I'm not satisfied until we get to the Super Bowl and win it."
Stat to remember: 1,541 -- Interception return yards by Reed, the most in NFL history. It's 58 more yards than Rod Woodson, who ranks second on the list. Reed has averaged 25.3 yards per return.