Ed Reed’s resume is sparkling. Over his 12-year career, Reed played the part of one of the most terrifying safeties in NFL history. He picked off opposing quarterbacks 64 times, with 61 of them coming as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, a franchise record. He also holds the NFL record for the two longest interception returns, taking the football back 107 and 106 yards, respectively. He made the Pro Bowl nine times, and won a Super Bowl. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year.
And yet Reed, who joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff in 2016 as an assistant defensive backs coach only be to relieved of his duties when head coach Rex Ryan was fired after the season, finds himself frustrated with the lack of job offers since.
“It’s very frustrating that they don’t have a lot more (former) players coaching the game,” Reed said.
Reed, who is currently promoting the NFL’s “Tickets For 100 Years” contest, in which a fan can win season tickets to his or her favorite NFL team for the next 100 years, still holds the desire to get back into coaching. He’s currently coaching his son’s flag football team, and Ryan said he sees Reed becoming an NFL head coach one day. As Reed awaits his next opportunity, he spoke to us about his coaching frustrations, the legacy of his Baltimore Ravens and if there’s about to be a changing of the guard in the AFC North.
UPROXX: Tell us a little more about this “Tickets For 100 Years” contest the NFL is putting on right now. A hundred years is a long time to have season tickets.
Ed Reed: You won’t get a better competition than this right here. The person who’s going to win the tickets for the 100 years, it’s one of the most awesome things I’ve ever heard. You can get two tickets for your family, and you can pass it down to generations because that’s what this is about, generational football. The competition is creating a video, doing something unique and creative about yourself being a fan. You’re gonna post it on social networks with the hashtag #NFL100Contests. Just have fun with it. The winner will be announced at the draft. How cool is that?
For me it’s awesome because it actually started on the 14th of this month, and that’s my nephew’s birthday, who plays football. He just turned 13. I coach my son’s flag football team, my dad coached me when I was a kid. So football is definitely something that’s going to be around for the next 100 years.
During your time in Baltimore, I’m sure you met fans of the Ravens that spanned generations.
There’s so many people, so many fans that still go to the game. The best times I had was during training camp my first year in Baltimore when we were out at McDaniels College. After practice, I used to stay after and me and my teammates used to sign autographs for the fans. That was the best times, man, just getting to enjoy the people.