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. 

Jonathan Ogden 
As told to Glenn Clark

Jonathan Ogden was a tackle for the Ravens from 1996-2007. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

I remember we were playing Miami one time, and I remember we were watching the film. I didn’t notice it during the game, but they showed the interception that he made once. And literally he was supposed to be on the other side of the field, but because he’d done so much film study and he knew the quarterback so well from the formation, he hid his assignment, jumped about 30 yards across the field, made a pick. And I was like, “You only do that with excellent film study.” You can’t do that if you’re not so sure of what you’re doing that you just are the most prepared player out there. Right there, I was just like, “That dude is it.” 

I don’t know if I have a favorite Ed Reed story because I always left Ed alone. Not because I didn’t like him, obviously, because I love Ed. He’s a great dude, and we have a lot of fun. But I always knew that on the field he was in his own world. He was doing what he needed to do to get done and ready to play. He was controlling the back end, he was taking care of the corners, the other safeties, coordinating with Ray [Lewis] and getting what he needed to get done. I just always knew that when he was back there that things were going to be OK on that back end. So most of my memories really are more from just hanging out with Ed, just kind of talking in the locker room, just talking about what we needed to do to be better as a team and of course out here talking about our golf games. 

It’s just good to see him end up where he deserves to be obviously. The greatest safety to ever play the game, if you ask me, as far as just the totality of the way he patrolled the back end, intercepting the ball and the way he could tackle. There’s nothing else really to be said.

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Issue 255: June/July 2019


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