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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2011
His offseason started last winter with a hint of retirement. By summer, he was diplomatically campaigning on radio for a pay raise. In the spring, he underwent invasive hip surgery. Staying ahead of Ed Reed is a difficult proposition at any time, but over the past year, it's been impossible to predict what the Ravens' Pro Bowl safety would do next. Or in Sunday's AFC wild-card game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first game back after missing six weeks on the NFL's physically-unable-to-perform list because of the surgery, he had two interceptions and caused a fumble.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions on the Ravens' win over the Carolina Panthers and other topics about the team. Sure, Steve Smith was the star of Sunday's win over his former team. But I really liked what I saw from Justin Forsett. Last week it was Lorenzo Taliaferro. How long can the Ravens keep up this running back-by-committee approach? -- Eddie R. The Ravens should keep the running back by committee going for the rest of the season. It is working and they do not have a feature back on the roster.
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By Matt Vensel | October 13, 2011
Ravens All-Pro safety Ed Reed channeled his inner Channing Crowder on Wednesday when a reporter asked him about offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, whom the Ravens signed after McKinnie was cut by the Vikings. In case you're unfamiliar with Crowder's body of work, the now-retired linebacker was responsible for one of the greatest quotes in the history of geography . Reed's McKinnie quote can't touch that, but it was pretty good. “Baltimore is a different city than Minnesota; there's probably a little more to do,” Reed said, referring to McKinnie's many off-the-field issues with the Vikings . “I don't know why it didn't work out down there.” Different city?
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
Ravens free safety Darian Stewart delivered such a punishing tackle two years ago while playing for the St. Louis Rams that the impact knocked Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams off his feet and sent him crashing to the ground. The big hit left Williams woozy for several minutes, ultimately knocking him out of the game. Although somewhat undersized, strong safety Matt Elam emerged as a feared player in the Southeastern Conference with a series of devastating hits. The Ravens drafted him in the first round last year because of his aggressive nature.
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Monique Jones | January 18, 2012
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has never hidden his respect for Ravens safety Ed Reed and that didn't change during Wednesday's news conference at Gillette Stadium. Belichick showered Reed with praise as the Patriots prepare to face the Ravens in Sunday's AFC championship game. "Can't say I've ever coached against anybody better than Ed Reed in the secondary," Belichick said. The Patriots have played the Ravens six times during the regular season and once in the postseason.
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Sun Staff Reports | March 29, 2012
After losing the AFC championship game earlier this year, Ed Reed walked through the Ravens locker room singing an old Teddy Pendergrass tune. "I think I better let it go ...," he sang. The familiar lines of "Love TKO" was all Reed was heard saying after the New England Patriots beat the Ravens in January. He didn't address the retirement rumors or any plans for his future. Nearly a month later, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Reed told the team he will return for his 11th season.
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Kevin Cowherd | June 13, 2012
Here's a big surprise: Ed Reed is driving the Ravens nuts again. One minute he says he's not 100 percent committed to playing this season. The next minute he says he could play for years. One minute he says he feels disrespected by the Ravens and questions their loyalty to him. The next minute he says he's open to discussing a contract extension to "help the team. " Don't we go through something like this every year with Reed? Is this just "Ed being Ed" again? Maybe.
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By Matt Vensel | October 25, 2011
Part of my mission here at Baltimore Sports Blitz is to bring you the semi-latest in Ravens cornhole coverage (examples: here and here ), even the day after a miserable loss an NFL bottom-feeder. So here is mindless video of Ed Reed and Michael Oher throwing bean bags to distract you from thoughts about Monday night.
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September 11, 2011
After leading the NFL in interceptions with eight last season, free safety Ed Reed continued his ball-hawking ways, intercepting Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice. It's the 13th time in the seven-time Pro Bowler's career that he had pulled in at least two interceptions in a game, which leads all active players. And Reed did it on his 33rd birthday. “Just winning was enough for me,” said Reed, who is the franchise leader with 56 career interceptions.
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September 29, 2011
I want to express my sincere appreciation to Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens for being a positive role model and representative of the team. I am an active duty Army officer assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. On Sunday, I took my son, an avid Ravens fan, to see Baltimore dominate the St. Louis Rams. I promised my son that we would wait after the game to see the Ravens players and try to get an autograph. While only a few of the Ravens players took the time to talk to the fans, Mr. Reed was the true standout class act!
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had his moments with the media during his superlative career here, some good, some bad. But now, he's joining their ranks. Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reported Thursday afternoon that Reed would be joining Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the “Inside the NFL” show, which will air Tuesday nights on Showtime and re-air Wednesday on NFL Network. Reed told reporters at Lardarius Webb's charity softball game in June that he was “definitely preparing to play,” though he didn't have plans to sign at all. "I'm very excited to be part of the Inside the NFL team this season," Reed said in a statement.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
When training camp started last season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was friendly and happy. He joked with teammates more than usual and was more animated and vocal. At that time, a lot of us thought his leadership was emerging because the Ravens had lost linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed. And then Flacco went on to throw a career-high 22 interceptions in one of his worst seasons ever. So far in minicamp, Flacco is back to the Flacco of old. He isn't joking a lot and appears to be more standoffish.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
When Terrell Suggs spoke at last year's mandatory minicamp, his voice barely rose above a whisper. His first in-depth interview since the Super Bowl season was absent of colorful sound bites and shtick, a major departure from Suggs' normal fun-loving and quick-quipping persona. Whether it was intentional or not, the message was sent and it would be reinforced throughout the 2014 season. Suggs, who had become the undisputed defensive leader with Ray Lewis retired and Ed Reed playing elsewhere, was taking his new responsibilities seriously.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed stood in the middle of a makeshift softball diamond on a field he knows well and waved his arms as fans chanted his name. Reed, who played 11 seasons with the Ravens, has long said that Baltimore will always feel like home, even after his expected Hall of Fame playing career is over. When that will be, however, remains very much a mystery. Speaking at former teammate Lardarius Webb's charity softball game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, Reed said that he is preparing to play in the 2014 season.
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Mike Preston | February 17, 2014
Few pro athletes have fallen out of favor so quickly in Baltimore as Ravens running back Ray Rice. There have been others who came to town with troubled reputations and lived up to them, and others who came with athletic promise and fell because of injuries. But none like Rice. Once a Baltimore golden boy, he just keeps falling and falling and falling. Rice crashed again over the weekend. He and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested after an incident at an Atlantic City casino, according to a statement from the Atlantic City Police Department.
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Sports Digest | February 14, 2014
Alyssa Thomas scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds to help No. 9 Maryland (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) cruise to a 67-52 victory over host Miami (12-12, 4-7) on Thursday night. Freshman Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) had 11 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. Alicia DeVaughn added nine points and 11 rebounds, all in the second half. The Terps , who led 36-27 at the half, finished the game with a 48-20 edge in rebounds and had 12 assists to five for the Hurricanes.
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By Matt Vensel | July 21, 2011
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.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Ed Reed's interview on 105.7 The Fan last night rambled on for more than 20 entertaining minutes, so there were a few interesting comments that couldn't be squeezed into my story published in Thursday's newspaper . Reed on fans who criticized him on Twitter: "The fact of the matter is that people don't understand that football players are regular people just like them. And half of them don't understand the business. And most of them just want you to entertain them. There's a lot of good fans out there, but there's also a lot of bad -- I don't want to say bad people, but a lot of people who just want to try to get on your nerves and stuff like that, man. I'm not the kind of person to hold my tongue.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
While wrapping up their Super Bowl coverage this week, the folks over at Pro Football Focus put together an interesting post with an all-star team of their highest-graded playoff performers over the past six seasons. Three Ravens players made the squad, but it may surprise you which three players they were. Former Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis had their highest single-postseason grade at his position, but it was not in 2012, when the Ravens won the Super Bowl during his final ride in the NFL. No, Lewis made it for his fine performance in 2008, when he had 29 tackles for two forced fumbles in three playoff games.
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By Matt Vensel | December 18, 2013
It will probably feel a little odd when Tom Brady walks behind center for the first time Sunday afternoon. Whenever Brady played the Ravens in the past, he would look for Ed Reed lurking in the secondary -- he wrote “Find 20 on every play” on his wristband as a reminder -- and he could hear Ray Lewis from across the line of scrimmage barking out commands as the field generals aligned their personnel before the snap. On Sunday, though, those two Ravens legends will be nowhere to be seen or heard.
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