The brains behind Baltimore's D

Ed Reed's contemporaries say the Ravens' safety is one of the best ever

Originally Published: January 24, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com AFC North Blogger

Ed Reed isn't a ferocious hitter like Ronnie Lott or Jack Tatum. He just strikes the same amount of fear into opponents.

Reed's mental toughness is what will stand the test of time.

He gets into the heads of quarterbacks, baiting them into mistakes. He understands the minds of offensive coordinators, frustrating them by being precisely where they never expect him.

Our Pro Football Hall of Fame panel appreciates everything Reed brings to the table. Baltimore's star safety was ...

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