JUNE 10, 2002--Baltimore Ravens open their veterans training…
We have countless awesome sports photos in the archives here at The Baltimore Sun, and I have decided to share one with you each week in a regular feature called "Throwback Thursday." Ed Reed has been a popular topic the past 24 hours. One reason is that he said he wants to retire as a member of the Ravens.
“I always said I wanted to retire here and play for one organization,” the safety said Wednesday during his football camp, adding that “after the lockout is over and the collective bargaining agreement is done, I’ll go back to the table with the Ravens and see what makes sense to them and what makes sense for me.”
Since Reed is talking about finishing his career in Baltimore, let’s take a look back to when it began. The Ravens drafted Reed, a star safety at the University of Miami, in the first round of the 2002 draft. He had an immediate impact on the Ravens defense, and just two years later, he was named theNFL's Defensive Player of the Year.
The above photo is from an offseason workout before Reed’s rookie season. He stopped to chat with owner Art Modell as he walked out onto the field at the team’s old practice facility in Owings Mills. Who knows what they were talking about? Maybe money? This photo was taken by Lloyd Fox of The Baltimore Sun on July 10, 2002, and Reed had a nine-day holdout when training camp began two weeks later.
Note: I am going to start doing a regular caption contest again on the blog, so I will no longer be giving away prizes for the best captions on these Throwback Thursday posts. But feel free to caption this one just for fun.