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
Kelly Gregg was a defensive tackle for the Ravens from 2002-2010.
He was obviously one of the best football players ever, but just a great guy. I remember him and Willis McGahee, they had this doctor. And those guys were playing at such a high level, I was like, “Come let me come with it.” I remember I was sitting in Ed’s living room getting IV’s and stuff thinking, “Hey, this is going to make me be a better player,” but it was nowhere close to what those guys were. One of those guys, too, you’d think they played football, big egos. Ed never had an ego, never will. He’s one of my all-time favorites, for sure.
One time we were playing the Jets and I’ll never forget, he got a pick in the end zone, and I sort of stopped. Hey, stay in there and take a touchback. Next thing you know, he starts coming out and I’m like, “Oh yeah, keep going!” He was always [making] big plays. I remember him one time getting an interception and fumbling, and next thing you know [head coach Brian Billick] gives him the big old sex toy in his locker … and Ed just laughed it off. Ed was the best. Coach Billick had something, called him like “Dumb Richard of the Day” or something. But yeah, he had to have the big male appendage in his locker, always got a kick out of that. It was the only time that I’ve ever seen Billick bring it out. It looked like he got it at one of them adult fun stores. And Ed was a rookie; that was fantastic.
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Issue 255: June/July 2019