– Wearing a sand-colored sportcoat he’d been handed as one of the night’s guest of honors,
memories with a small group of people when the college, and now NFL teammate, he’d just mentioned strolled into the room.
McKinnie spotted him and chuckled.
“Hey, Bryant McKinnie how does it feel to be back in
McKinnie and Reed, who helped lead Miami to the program's fifth and last national championship in 2001, headlined the Class of 2012's induction into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night. The 44th annual banquet was held at Jungle Island.
The other football inductees were receiver Ray Bellamy (1967-70), who was the first African-American athlete given a scholarship at Miami as well as the school’s first African-American student body president and guard
McKinnie said being inducted at the same time as Reed made the occasion more special.
"Winning the  national championship with Ed, 10 years later joining the same [NFL] team and then we're both entering the Hall of Fame at the same time...I wasn't expecting when I first got here to the University of Miami to be able to walk away and actually be inducted into the Hall of Fame," McKinnie said. "Winning a national championship was a big enough deal for me, but then to have this honor to add to it makes it even better."
“I never imagined this, actually until last year when [UM teammate and roommate]
At Thursday's banquet, Reed and McKinnie posed for photos next to a specially designed helmet – half Hurricanes, half Ravens. The Ravens also took out a full-page ad in the Hall of Fame program congratulating the two.
McKinnie said when he and Reed were selected in October, Coach
"I truly thank all the unsung heroes that are not here with me that were in school with me that really helped me to be the player on the field that I was [at UM]," Reed said Thursday.
Reed, who played safety at Miami from 1998-2001, was a first-team consensus All-American his last two seasons and led the nation with nine interceptions – with a school-record 209 return yards, as well as three touchdowns -- as a senior.
McKinnie, a transfer from Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pa., was a consensus All-American in 2001 – he finished eighth in the
"This was a doorway to the NFL… that truly prepared us physically and mentally," Reed said of his time at UM.