There will be plenty of hype surrounding the Harbaugh brothers and Ray Lewis leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. And why not.
Jim and John Harbaugh are great stories from an individual standpoint. That they came from the same bloodline and that they will be on opposite sidelines in the biggest game is perhaps the best storyline the Super Bowl has ever seen.
Ray Lewis, whether you love him or loathe him, is one of the greatest middle linebackers in NFL history and is a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Lewis will be playing in his final game on Super Bowl Sunday, and would love to go out a winner.
But the one story that isn’t being mentioned, but should be told is the story of Ed Reed. The 11 year safety of the Baltimore Ravens, will be playing in his first Super Bowl, after years of coming so close, but always coming up a bit short.
Reed was drafted 24th overall in 2002, after an outstanding college career at the University of Miami, where he won a National Championship in 2001. Since then his career has been nothing short of sensational. Consider the numbers.
9 Pro Bowl appearances. 8 All Pro selections. NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. Three time interception leader. (2004, 2008, 2010) 61 career interceptions to lead all active players. Holds the record for longest interception return in NFL history. (108 yards) Named to the NFL All-Decade team. (2000s) As you can see, Reed has had a decorated career with Baltimore. He will have his bust enshrined in Canton, Ohio once his playing days are done. The one thing Reed is missing from his resume, is a Super Bowl ring.
Where Ray Lewis loves to be the centre of attention, Reed tends to be on the quiet side. You don’t hear much from him. He is the silent assassin. He can lull you to sleep, thinking he’s not there, then BOOM! Either a thunderous hit or a game changing interception! Reed can change the game in a heartbeat.
Also unlike Lewis, Reed tends to keep his private life, private. Not too many people know much about Ed Reed. In fact, on his Wikipedia page, it doesn’t even mention whether he’s married or not. All we know about Reed’s personal life is that he was born on September 11, 1978 is St. Rose, Louisiana. That is just about how much Reed will tell you about his private affairs. Off the field, Reed is unassuming, not wanting attention, not craving media hype, just a man whose professional at his job. This is why I have huge respect for Ed Reed.
You won’t see him on Dancing With The Stars at the end of his career. Nor will you see him on FOX or ESPN yelling and screaming with other panelists at the end of his career. You might see Reed in a coaching or executive position with some NFL club though. I’m not a Ravens fan by any stretch of the imagination. But I will be happy if Ed Reed gets a Super Bowl ring. He deserves it.
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