Ed Reed has been retired for several seasons, but the legendary Baltimore Ravens defensive back is making major news this week after his latest comments on social media.
This week, Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera wanted to make it clear that outside distractions would not be welcomed after he fined defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $100,000 for referring to the riots at the U.S. Capitol as a “dustup.”
“This morning I met with Coach Del Rio to express how disappointed I am in his comments on Wednesday,” Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. “His comments do not reflect the organization’s views and are extremely hurtful to our great community here in the DMV. As we saw last night in the hearings, what happened on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was an act of domestic terrorism. A group of citizens attempted to overturn the results of a free and fair election, and as a result, lives were lost and the Capitol building was damaged.”
Despite the Commanders disciplining Del Rio, legendary safety Ed Reed would take to Twitter and call out the team for not being harsh enough on Rio for what he said.
“Today, I’m sick and tired! A dust up! 100,000 is not enough, money ain’t nothing to a person who is recycled through coaching,” Reed wrote. “Its always one, first it was Saban now its Jack to just remind US what it is! Man if u coached by him put your pants on! Its simple right and wrong, Wrong.”
Reed was a first-round pick of the Ravens back in 2002. He spent the first 11 years of his career in Baltimore before he signed on with the Texans in 2013. He officially retired in 2015 and was voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Over the course of 12 years, Reed recorded 531 tackles, six sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 13 recoveries, 64 interceptions, and scored nine defensive touchdowns. His 64 regular season interceptions ranked him 6th on the NFL’s all-time list at the time of his retirement.
He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection as well as a five-time first-team All-Pro.
Reed was an assistant coach with the Bills in 2016. He joined the University of Miami as the chief of staff in 2020, in an advisory role to the head coach.