Former Ravens safety Ed Reed was included in the list of Modern-Era Semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration, which was announced yesterday.
Many think Reed will be inducted to the Hall of Fame next summer and join fellow Ravens Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis in Canton, Ohio. This is the second step in that process, with the first being him getting nominated.
Reed is joined by cornerback Champ Bailey and tight end Tony Gonzalez as the only first-year players in contention.
Reed won Super Bowl XLVII and is considered one of the best ball-hawks of all-time. His 64 career interceptions are seventh-most all-time and his 1,590 interception return yards are the most in NFL history.
He was named the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, made the Pro Bowl nine times and was selected to being First Team All-Pro on five occasions.
The final voting from the selection committee is scheduled to happen Feb. 2. Reed will need 80 percent of the vote to get inducted.