Where does Ed Reed think he ranks among the best safeties of all time? Apparently not No. 4.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com put together a list of how the greatest safeties stack up, and he placed Emlen Tunnell, Troy Polamalu and Ken Houston ahead of Reed. That prompted a short but candid response from the former Baltimore Ravens playmaker on Twitter: “Lol.”
— 20 Coach Reed (@TwentyER) July 5, 2017
It’s understandable why Reed feels slighted. He went to more Pro Bowls than Polamalu. He had more interceptions than Houston. And he had more interception return yards and touchdowns than Tunnell.
Many believe Reed is the greatest safety of all time, and that includes someone ranked ahead of him on this list.
“I’ve told him to his face many times, ‘You’re the greatest safety ever to play the game,'” Polamalu told The New York Times in 2009. “We all learn from each other, but we all learn most from him.”
As general manager Ozzie Newsome said in 2003, Reed made safety a glamour position again. In 2004, he became the first safety in 20 years to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.