VIDEO: Remembering When Ed Reed Broke His Own Record for the Longest Interception Return in NFL History

Zach Brunner
Remembering when Ed Reed broke his own record for longest NFL interception return.
Remembering when Ed Reed broke his own record for longest NFL interception return. / Twitter: NFLThrowback

Ed Reed has put his stamp on the history of football forever, performing as one of the greatest safeties in NFL history. This is why he now finds himself in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In fact, he was so good that nobody could break his record, so he broke it himself.

At the time, the longest interception returned for a touchdown was 106 yards, initially set by Reed. Then, in 2008, the Baltimore Ravens faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Reed made history yet again.

With Donovan McNabb on the sideline, Kevin Kolb was in for the Eagles, leading the offense down to the Ravens' goal line in eight plays. What looked to be an easy touchdown was quickly taken away.

Instead of running to pick up the short yardage, Philadelphia went with the play action, which allowed Kolb to make the bad decision of throwing it in the back of the end zone. Reed jumped in front of the receiver to intercept the pass, as he had done many times, but there was nothing in him that told him to take the touchback.

With so much traffic and people colliding in the end zone, Reed was able to have a big lane to take the ball out of the end zone, with a lot of green ahead of him. A half-hearted arm tackle by Kolb was about as pathetic as his pass, and the same can be said for Brian Westbrook's tackle attempt afterward.

Reed took it the length of the field, setting the new NFL record of a 108-yard pick six.

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