Ed Reed says leaving Ravens was ‘hardest thing ever’

Ed Reed Ed Reed says leaving Ravens was hardest thing everOn Friday, Ed Reed addressed the media in Houston for the first time as a Texan after 11 consecutive seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year discussed leaving the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2002.

“It was probably the hardest thing ever in life, but it’s not so much leaving,” Reed said. “I’m going to be a part of the community. It was hard, but like I said, football is just a small chapter in our lives. Eventually, we knew Baltimore had to make decisions and they made those decisions.”

Reed said he knew Houston was the place for him right from the first day of free agency, when general manager Rick Smith called him.

“The first thing was getting acclimated,” Reed said. “It was the first time for me being a free agent. We was reaching to get something done on that trip. We knew we wanted to get here. It just was a matter of time. Honestly, I had to leave town because I had to take my son to my nephew’s birthday party. The party was fun.”

Reed discussed a laundry list of reasons for joining the Texans, from rejoining former University of Miami teammate Andre Johnson to being closer to his family members living in New Orleans.

He spoke fondly of his many years in Baltimore, and referred to it as an “incredible chapter” in his life, capped off with a win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

“That’s 11 storybook years,” he said. “I’m proud to say that the last game was the Super Bowl. That will never be taken back. I’ll always be forever grateful to those fans, that city, to my neighborhood, to my people. Working with those kids and that community, that’s what it’s about. The relationships I have in Baltimore will never change. Now I have the opportunity to help in this community.”

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