Former Hurricanes Safety Ed Reed has been selected as a first-ballot choice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Voters named Reed, who is a Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, as well as Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey, late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, Patriots cornerback Ty Law, Jets center Kevin Mawae, and Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson. Bowlen and Brandt were selected as contributors. The group will be enshrined on August 3.
Former Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who played with Reed at UM, says, “I don’t think there’s a better safety that played this game. He’s one of these guys where you had to know exactly where he was every snap. Because if you did not, then he’ll hurt you.”
In 12 seasons, Reed had 64 interceptions and led the league three times. When he retired six years ago, he had the most interception return yardage, at 1,590. He also held the NFL record with nine postseason interceptions, including a record 64-yarder that led to a touchdown against the Dolphins in January 2009. He also has 106- and 107-yard interception returns for touchdowns.
Reed also made the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, was the 2004 defensive player of the year, made it to nine Pro Bowls, and was a six-time All-Pro.
He was drafted 24th overall from UM by the Ravens in 2002.