Ed Reed Climbing NFL INT List
Jan/02/14 11:07 PM Filed in: Ed Reed
Among the many departures from the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII-winning team, Ed Reed's was one of the most impactful for the fans.
A big reason for that is not that he retired, as Ray Lewis did. It's that he chose to wear another uniform, that of the Houston Texans, who won two games in 2013 and earned the first overall draft pick.
One thing Reed did during his first season away from Charm City is continue his climb up the league's all-time interception list.
Reed picked off three passes this season raising his lifetime regular-season total to 64.
That propelled him from 10th on the all-time list up to sixth, rocketing him past such luminaries as Ronnie Lott, Dave Brown, Darren Sharper and Dick LeBeau. LeBeau, who is now Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator, was a star defensive back for the Detroit Lions several decades ago.
If the 35-year-old Reed plays next season, he would need one pickoff to tie ex-Cincinnati safety Ken Riley for fifth place on the list and four to draw even with fourth-place Dick "Night Train" Lane, who played primarily with the Lions during the 1950s.
There appears to be no chance Reed would reach the all-time record of 81, which belongs to former Washington and Minnesota safety Paul Krause, who played during the 1960s and 1970s.