As Ed Reed prepares to take his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, teammates, friends and coaches from his Ravens, college and high school years reflect on the legacy of the legendary Ravens safety with their favorite memories and never-before-heard stories.
As told to Glenn Clark
Dawan Landry was a safety for the Ravens from 2006-2010.
I remember we were in training camp in Westminster one year. It’d have to be between 2009 and 2010, one of the early years when Coach Harbaugh first got there. I think we were working on situational drills. I think it was a situation where the offense had just gotten into field goal range, trying to clock the ball before the end of the game to kick a field goal. They were just trying to spike the ball. I remember Ed just going up behind one of the D-tackles because he knew Joe [Flacco] was going to spike the ball just to try to stop the clock. He tried to catch the ball when Joe spiked it. He almost caught it. … I’ve never thought about trying to do anything like that, and he did it and almost caught the ball, so that kind of fascinated me. He was competitive. He might’ve been messing around also and he had great hands, so he never surprised you. We never talked about [doing it in a game]. He just did in practice. Like, “Wow, he almost caught it,” but no, it never came up in a game situation.
I can remember early — OTAs and things like that. Back then, the older guys didn’t show up to everything. But one of the first times Ed came in, we were doing a walkthrough. At the time, [with] Rex Ryan, if you’re not in the starting lineup you’d get off to the side so you could see everybody doing the walkthrough. I remember Ed calling me. “Come back behind me and you’ll watch behind me.” He’s like, “Man, you can’t learn from the sideline.” That stuck with me, just the kind of player he was and the person he was. He really cared and wanted the young guys to learn all that.
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Issue 255: June/July 2019