Ed Reed announcing retirement on Thursday

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed will officially announce his retirement from the NFL at the Ravens' team facility on Thursday.

Ed Reed is calling it a career.

On Wednesday, the Ravens announced that the ball-hawking safety that the organization drafted in the first round of the 2002 draft will hold a press conference to announce his retirement. Reed will go down in NFL history as one of the greatest safeties to play the game. He totaled 64 total interceptions in 12 total seasons. He had 61 of those interceptions with the Ravens.

The accolades seem never-ending with Reed. He was a nine-time Pro Bowler, an eight-time honoree on the All-Pro list and earned the 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. In one meeting against the Patriots, a camera caught the writing on quarterback Tom Brady's wristband, which read, "Find 20 on every play."

Reed was a valuable player for the Ravens all the way through his tenure with the team. Even though he played the 2012 season hurt, he was able to finish it and brought down an interception against the 49ers in a Super Bowl XLVII victory. Though Reed earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004, an argument can be made that his most impressive season was in 2010, when he totaled eight interception in 10 games after beginning the year on the physically unable to perform list.

Now that he's retiring, the Ravens will likely induct him into their Ring of Honor this season. Team president Dick Cass expressed a desire to do so earlier this offseason.

Reed's retirement press conference will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ravens' team facility.


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