Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed (20) smiles after defeating the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans
Perry Knottsā€”AP
By Kevin McSpadden
May 7, 2015

All-time NFL great Ed Reed is officially retiring after 12 seasons as of one of the most productive ball hawks in league history, the Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday

The 36-year-old safety was named to eight all-pro teams, won the defensive player of the year in 2004 and led the league in interceptions three times — in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

He won a Super Bowl in 2012 with the Baltimore Ravens and during the game tied the NFL record for most postseason interceptions (nine) when he picked off San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

He finished his career with 64 interceptions (sixth all-time) 643 tackles, 11 forced fumbles and 14 touchdowns.

Reed hasn’t stepped onto an NFL field since 2013, when he split time between the New York Jets and Houston Texans.

The Baltimore Ravens and Reed will officially announce the retirement at a 2 p.m. ET press conference Thursday. The team is widely expected to place Reed’s name and jersey in the “ring of honor” next season.

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