There were plenty of touching and inspirational moments Saturday when the newest Pro Football Hall of Fame class was inducted, including a moving speech from former Ravens star Ed Reed.
Reed gave an uplifting message to “encourage each other” and “help somebody.”
“Everyone has their own greatness and reaching your greatness depends on your environment and your structure — the company you keep — and your attitude,” he said. “There will be good and bad, right and wrong. Your reaction, your choice, good or bad, has consequences that affects you and those around you. No matter what, encourage those around you and yourself.”
“Stay encouraged. Encourage each other. Help somebody.”
— NFL (@NFL) August 4, 2019
Reed, who is praised as one of the best safeties to ever play the game, touted a fashionable suit and hat and even a cigar when he took the stage. But considering all of this, there was something else that stole the show: his bust.
The incredible likeness of Reed’s bust sent social media into a frenzy.
Ed Reed’s HoF bust is outstanding pic.twitter.com/nKhnYtotP9
— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) August 4, 2019
— Double L must Rock The Bells (@LoveThePuck) August 4, 2019
Ed Reed’s bust is awesome. Hair is on point. pic.twitter.com/sbelzHG34p
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) August 4, 2019
— John Breech (@johnbreech) August 4, 2019
Ed Reed’s HoF bust has to be the best of all time, right? pic.twitter.com/RmHxn5PEUI
— Nosebleed Sports (@NosebleedSport_) August 4, 2019
Ed Reed HOF bust is the most accurate 🔥🔥🔥🔥 joint I’ve seen in prolly forever pic.twitter.com/V1orSzzImk
— Sco Frazier (@iknowbrasco) August 4, 2019
so glad they did ed reed’s bust right because… pic.twitter.com/qA8UOl00tJ
— ᴍɪᴋᴇ ᴛᴀᴅᴅᴏᴡ (@taddmike) August 4, 2019
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 4, 2019
Ed Reed’s @ProFootballHOF bust is SPECTACULAR!
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 4, 2019
Ed Reed’s bust is awesome.
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) August 4, 2019
If I’m ever immortalized for anything, I’m just gonna tell them to put my name on Ed Reed’s bust. pic.twitter.com/7LUyZeL1Eb
— Ooooh Billy Billy Billy Billy (@Old_Billy_Baroo) August 4, 2019
The Ravens selected Reed in the first round of the 2002 draft and he immediately made his mark on the defense. He had five interceptions in his rookie season, and 21 through his first three years.
Reed led the NFL in interceptions three times (2004, 2008, 2010) and he eventually retired with 64 regular-season picks for 1,590 return yards and seven touchdowns. In the postseason, he added nine more for 168 yards and another touchdown.
He has the most interception return yardage in NFL history as well as the two longest interception returns (107 and 106 yards) ever.