Reed’s Hall call

Ravens le­gend takes spe­cial place in his­tory Ravens fans cel­e­brate safety’s en­shrine­ment in Hall of Fame

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COMMENTARY - Mike Pre­ston Ravens In­sider By Childs Walker

CANTON, OHIO – The le­gend of Ed Reed con­tin­ues to grow off the field as much as it grew on it.

That’s im­por­tant in the state of Mary­land, and maybe why it seemed more fans from Bal­ti­more at­tended Satur­day’s Pro Foot­ball Fame en­shrine­ment cer­e­mony than fans from other cities. The sta­tus of an iconic fig­ure doesn’t die when he or she quits play­ing but el­e­vates to a new level for years be­fore lev­el­ing off.

Reed won’t be the best Raven to ever play.

CANTON, OHIO – Robert John­son watched most of Ed Reed’s games from far-flung lo­ca­tions around the globe.

When Reed in­ter­cepted a pass in Su­per Bowl XLVII, his last game as a Raven, John­son cheered in the pre-dawn hours on a mil­i­tary base in Kuwait.

But the Bal­ti­more na­tive re­tired from the U.S. Army three years ago, and he wasn’t about to miss the chance to cel­e­brate in per­son Satur­day as Reed be­came a mem­ber of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

“I couldn’t miss this one,” said John­son, who trav­eled from his home in Alabama. “He put the city on his back like [Ray]

RON SCHWANE/AP

Ed Reed, a mem­ber of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, takes a selfie with his bust on Satur­day in Canton, Ohio.

DAVID RICHARD/AP

For­mer Ravens safety Ed Reed speaks dur­ing the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony at the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame on Satur­day night.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.