Posts Tagged With: Ed Reed

Woodson, Reed voted into College Football Hall of Fame

Ed Reed

If you were to put together an all-time dream team of a secondary for any level of football, no one would call you crazy for including Charles Woodson and Ed Reed.

Two of the greatest defensive backs the game has seen never did share a secondary outside of the NFL’s Pro Bowl, but they will share the stage when both are inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. Continue reading

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The best there is? The best there was? The best there ever will be?

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Clearly, I think very highly of defensive backs. This article and this publication would not exist if I didn’t. And like anyone with any sense who appreciates DBs, I think very highly of Charles Woodson, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner who is retiring at the end of this season, his 18th as a professional.

But in response to a question that has been going around since Woodson announced his impending retirement on Dec. 21, I do not think Woodson is the greatest defensive player in NFL history. And that is primarily because he is a defensive back. Continue reading

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‘The U’ needs a stellar secondary to bounce back

Artie Burns

Miami (Fla.) is one of the elite of college football programs about which college football fans will say college football is always better when they are good.

In that sense, Miami is just like Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC and Texas, to name a few. But in so many other ways, “The U” is unlike any other program in the country.

The Hurricanes have a distinct aura and a swagger. They play at a different speed, with a different style, under a different spotlight. At least, that’s what they’re supposed to do. They are a combination of the Raiders and the Lakers made just for college football. Continue reading

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Three DBs among NFL’s best special-teamers

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FOX Sports NFL scribe Alex Marvez recently ranked the 16 best special teams players in league history, a list that included three players with credentials in the defensive backfield: Longtime Cowboys safety Bill Bates, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, and current Falcons receiver Devin Hester, who played cornerback at the University of Miami.

The rest of the list consists of kickers, punters, some returners who played receiver and/or running back, and is topped by Bills receiver/gunner Steve Tasker. Considering some DBs who may have been worth an honorable mention, some that come to mind are Rod Woodson, Allen Rossum and Ed Reed, who excelled as a returner and as a gunner. Continue reading

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