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Ed Reed retires as a Baltimore Raven after 12-season NFL career

Ed Reed, the NFL's all-time leader in interception return yards, retires Thursday as a member of the Ravens

Ed Reed may have finished his playing days wearing another team's uniform, but he will always be considered a part of the Baltimore Ravens.

And he was again one more time Thursday on his last official day as an NFL player. The nine-time Pro Bowler retired Thursday as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

"Home is Baltimore," said Reed, who will be inducted into the Ravens' ring of honor Nov. 22 against the St. Louis Rams. "This is home. Baltimore, I love the city. I love this organization. I hope I did more than I was supposed to as a Raven."

Reed's 1,590 interception return yards are the most in NFL history, and he holds the record for the two longest interception returns ever -- 107 yards in 2008 and 106 yards in 2004. He is also in the all-time top 10 for career interceptions (64 for sixth place) and interceptions returned for a touchdown (seven for 10th place).

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said of Reed on Thursday, “Probably the next time I'll be standing next to him is Canton.”

After spending his first 11 seasons with the Ravens -- earning NFL defensive player of the year honors in 2004 and winning the Super Bowl in 2012 -- Reed split 2013 between the New York Jets and the Houston Texans, having little impact on either.

He sat out all of the 2014 season before returning to Baltimore on Thursday.

“This is where it started,” Reed said. “I knew this is where it was going to end, because I never intended to leave this organization once I came here.”

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UPDATE

1:28 p.m.: This post was updated with a quote from Ozzie Newsome and an additional quote from Reed.

This post was originally published at 12:46 p.m.

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