Returning to his home state of Louisiana and winning a Super Bowl would seem to be the perfect way for Ravens safety Ed Reed’s Hall of Fame career to end. However, Reed doesn’t see it that way.
The 11-year veteran, who is preparing to play in his first Super Bowl, said today that he will not be retiring after the season.
“I’ll be playing next year if that’s what you are all asking,” Reed said.
Reed, who will be a free agent after the season, has said all year that he won’t talk about his future until after the season ends. He has started all 19 games for the Ravens, but he has had a relatively quiet season, making four interceptions and 68 total tackles.
However, he admitted that the team making it to the Super Bowl is a career highlight for him, especially since it takes place in New Orleans. Reed grew up in St. Rose, LA, about 30 miles away from New Orleans.
Reed has waffled on retirement in the past, but he seems definitive here. Still, there’s no guarantee that Reed will continue playing with the Ravens. He is headed for unrestricted free agency after the season, and would attract great interest from clubs around the league. It remains to be seen if the Super Bowl will be his last game in the purple and black.