In this excellent piece on Reed, Childs explained why he can’t help but feel a little sadness now that Reed has joined the
I couldn't have said it any better than Childs, so I will instead look back at some of those memorable plays when the bearded ballhawk meandered his way toward the end zone. Sometimes he got there. Other times he pitched to a teammate -- or to the turf. But some of his returns were among most thrilling plays in Ravens history.
Here is a list of seven that stand out in my memory. If I missed any other good ones, tell me about them in the comments section.
REED'S FUMBLE FOLLY: We got a glimpse of things to come in Reed's rookie season when he picked off
OH NO… WAIT, OH YES: In a win over the
SCOOPING AND SCORING: In a Monday night game in 2008 between the Ravens and their neighbors to the south, the
PICKING OFF PENNINGTON: Reed had a career-high nine interceptions during the 2008 regular season, and he added another one in the first round of the playoffs against the
HOPE HITS THE TURF: In the 2009 playoffs, the Ravens were getting dominated by the
A VINTAGE REED PITCH: Reed’s penchant for pitching the ball had become so pronounced that fans used to beg him to not pitch the ball after turnovers. His pitches sometimes paid off, though, and no play exemplifies that better than when he pitched the ball to fellow safety
ONE FINAL INTERCEPTION: In what turned out to be Reed’s final game as a member of the Ravens, the future Hall-of-Fame safety intercepted