There were plenty of touching and inspirational moments Saturday when the newest Pro Football Hall of Fame class was inducted, including a moving speech from former Ravens star Ed Reed.
Reed gave an uplifting message to “encourage each other” and “help somebody.”
“Everyone has their own greatness and reaching your greatness depends on your environment and your structure – the company you keep – and your attitude,” he said. “There will be good and bad, right and wrong. Your reaction, your choice, good or bad, has consequences that affects you and those around you. No matter what, encourage those around you and yourself.”
Reed, who is praised as one of the best safeties to ever play the game, touted a fashionable suit and hat and even a cigar when he took the stage. But considering all of this, there was something else that stole the show: his bust.
The incredible likeness of Reed’s bust sent social media into a frenzy.
The Ravens selected Reed in the first round of the 2002 draft and he immediately made his mark on the defense. He had five interceptions in his rookie season, and 21 through his first three years.
Reed led the NFL in interceptions three times (2004, 2008, 2010) and he eventually retired with 64 regular-season picks for 1,590 return yards and seven touchdowns. In the postseason, he added nine more for 168 yards and another touchdown.
He has the most interception return yardage in NFL history as well as the two longest interception returns (107 and 106 yards) ever.