“I think we got him” the famous last words of Steve Bisciotti in regards to Ed Reed.
I woke up this morning and stared at the background on my phone which is a picture of Reed hoisting the Lombardi as the confetti was falling. Part of me wanted to cry while the other part wanted to scream. I was hoping I would’ve woken up this morning only to find out all of the stories about Reed were a dream.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a dream and I’m left here wondering how I can put all my thoughts into words. I just don’t understand it. Every off season we were tortured by Reed with the retirement talks, but everyone knew he wouldn’t stop playing football until he won the ultimate prize.
And during our Super Bowl run, Reed was the happiest I had ever seen him, he was constantly smiling, laughing and singing. He was shouting “Baltimore” from the rooftops and professing his love for the city. So after the Ravens won the Super Bowl I truly did believe Ed would either walk-off into the sunset with Ray or resign with the Ravens.
We all know that Reed’s best days are behind him and he is nearing the end of his first ballot Hall of Fame career. He’s been riddled with injuries over the past few seasons and may only have one or two real seasons left in him. So why not finish your career with the team where it all began?
I get it, it’s all about the money but really after 11 seasons shouldn’t it be more about the legacy that you leave and not about adding a few more dollars on top of the millions you’ve already earned?
Maybe I’m the one being selfish but Reed made a name for himself while donning the purple and black so of course I don’t want another fan base being able to claim him as their own. I don’t want him out smarting QB’s while wearing red, it’s just not right.
I had come to terms over the years with having to part ways with all of our fan favorites, but none of them spent their entire careers with Baltimore, were considered to be the best ever at their position, were feared by opposing players, nor were first ballot Hall of Famers, all of which describe Ed Reed.
My brother Matthew rocked his jersey for the better part of a decade while his jersey was the second I ever owned and was a favorite staple in my rotation especially throughout college. Heck, there’s a high percentage of Ravens Nation that covets his jersey and #20 could be seen covering thousands of the bodies inside M&T Bank Stadium on game days.
No, I will not be happy and I will be extremely angry with Reed for quite some time. It’s not like the Ravens threw you out on the street without an offer. Why couldn’t you take a page from Ray Lewis’ book and finish your career in the place that you called home for 11 years? Do you not remember the love filled send off that he received?
Reed has to know that Baltimore loves him just as much and he would’ve received the same show of respect and gratitude for what he did for this organization when he decided it was time to hang up his cleats.
He’s imprinted so many infamous plays into my head that I don’t think I will ever truly be able to let go of what has transpired here. Plays like the 108 interception return for a touchdown where he flapped his arms like a Raven as he galloped into the end zone, or the many vicious hits he laid out like the one on Derek McCluster in the 2010 playoffs, or any one of his numerous laterals, and all of the records he set, they were all accomplished in a Ravens uniform.
All of the other players who’ve left Baltimore I’ve wished well, but it will be really hard for me to want to see Reed do well in Houston. I know I will find myself hoping that the team does poorly and that he truly regrets the decision he’s made.
At this time I just don’t see the point in going to Houston for a season or two, unless he truly believes a Matt Schaub led team has a better chance at getting him another Super Bowl ring rather than a Joe Flacco led team.
Oh my goodness, my heart can’t take much more of what the Ravens are dishing out. Thankfully there are only a few more days until Opening Day for the Orioles, and then I can relax and turn my focus onto them for awhile.