Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed has put together another solid season, so being named as a Pro Bowl starter for the AFC shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Reed, 33, was selected for the eighth time in his 10-year career. The former Miami Hurricane has complied 48 tackles, three interceptions, one sack and a forced fumble through 15 games this season.
The Ravens’ No. 1 draft choice from 2002, said he was very pleased to be selected again to the Pro Bowl, according to the Ravens’ website.
“It’s definitely an honor and blessing,” Reed said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “To come back after an injury last year and to be voted by my peers and fans is special.”
His 57 interceptions is tops among active players. Also, his 1,463 interception return yards is just 20 behind the record holder, former Raven and Hall of Famer, Rod Woodson.
All there’s left for Reed to accomplish in his illustrious career is winning a Super Bowl.
The Ravens are hoping to win this Sunday at Cincinnati, which would net them at least a No. 2 seed in the AFC, giving them a first-round bye and at least one home playoff game.
With the Pro Bowl scheduled for Jan. 29, a week before the Super Bowl, Reed is hoping to skip the Pro Bowl because players in the Super Bowl don’t play in the Pro Bowl.
“I am very appreciative of this honor, but right now, there are bigger goals in mind,” Reed said in his statement. “With the Bengals coming up this week and a push to the playoffs, we have a lot of work ahead of us, but this is definitely something I am proud of and thankful for.”