Ed Reed was a special player, and in 13 NFL seasons, he made a lot of plays. Those plays were one of the reasons that Reed was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past weekend in Canton, Ohio.
Game recognizes games, and when a Hall of Famer speaks, we should all listen. During his time at the University of Miami, Reed played with a lot of great players, like RB Clinton Portis, WR Andre Johnson, TE Jeremy Shockey, WR Reggie Wayne, OT Bryant McKinnie, and many more.
One guy who Reed mentored during his time at Miami is the late Sean Taylor, whose career and life was cut short after he was murdered in 2007. He only was 24 years old. In four NFL seasons, Taylor was a two-time Pro Bowler(All-Pro in 2007) and was establishing himself as one of the best safeties in the game.
Although Taylor only had a short time in the league, If it were up to Reed, Taylor would have a spot in the Hall of Fame.
“I had the privilege of mentoring him(Taylor),” Reed said at the Enshrinees’ Roundtable on Sunday. “I had some hands on that guy. being a great safety.”
While Taylor showed flashes of being a Hall of Famer, unfortunately, he probably did not have a long enough career to make the Hall. Sadly, all we can do is just imagine
Listen below as Reed discussed Sean Taylor and Steve Atwater’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame.