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SiLo


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best ball hawking safety.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:27 am    Post subject: Got it all. Reply with quote

Laughing

No one is greater than Ed Reed.

In all seriousness, possibly my favorite player ever behind Barry Sanders depending on the day.

He's got the ability:

At his best, his combination of ballhawking and coverage skills, instincts, anticipation, physical agility and film study have put him up there as arguably the greatest safety of all-time. Before injuries started taking their toll, he could really crack like all hell too. Of course, he won his DPOY playing SS.

He's got the numbers:

647 TKL - 69 INT - 1703 INT Yards - 8 INT TD - 155 PDEF - 31 STF - 11 FF
* Including post-season

He's got the accolades:

* Defensive Player of the Year
* 5x All-Pro 1st Team
* 3x All-Pro 2nd Team
* 9x Pro-Bowl

He's got and has done just about everything.. 8 picks in the playoffs with one short of breaking into that three-way tie for first, 1st all-time in INT return yards, top 10 in career INTs (and it ain't luck), touchdowns in every which way imaginable (you know the records). He checks all the boxes of an individual legend and he's about to become an all-time winner in his home state.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if he is the GOAT, but he's got a legitimate argument for it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dawkins boiiii
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's the greatest safety in the NFL ever because of the way the game is played nowadays.


It's tough to imagine the splash INT plays that some of the other greats like Lott would have had in this NFL pass happy league.



Reed is so clutch and is unquestionably the greatest safety centerfielder of all time...just not as dominant in the run game as others.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PowerElite wrote:
1. Reed for ballhawking and TD scoring
2. Dawkins for being able to do everything
3. Lott
4. Troy P. he gives up huge plays regularly in big games
5. D. Woodson
6. Sharper
7. Merton Hanks

That's my list based upon every name swirling in my mind. If I overlooked someone it's probably because their ultimate impact is debatable. You can't play on mostly poor defenses and make the list.


Steve Atwater?
Paul Krause?
Kenny Easley?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vikefan79 wrote:
PowerElite wrote:
1. Reed for ballhawking and TD scoring
2. Dawkins for being able to do everything
3. Lott
4. Troy P. he gives up huge plays regularly in big games
5. D. Woodson
6. Sharper
7. Merton Hanks

That's my list based upon every name swirling in my mind. If I overlooked someone it's probably because their ultimate impact is debatable. You can't play on mostly poor defenses and make the list.


Steve Atwater?
Paul Krause?
Kenny Easley?


One of these names is not like the others. Hint: Its Sharper
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xjayex


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Tatum was pretty good too. I don't think anyone has said anything about the assassin in this thread.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, I wouldn't categorize Polamalu & Reed together, because they play two different positions.

Best of All Time? Idk.. honestly I think it's hard to argue either way. He is undoubtedly one of the best Free Safeties to have ever played the game.

And Troy Polamalu is undoubtedly one of the best Strong Safeties of all time.. man if only we could see them play on the SAME team.. (Steelers of course, not Ravens Wink )
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Polamalu might be the most overrated safety of all time.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SiLo wrote:
Polamalu might be the most overrated safety of all time.


We'll have to agree to disagree there.

Both Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu have had huge impacts for both of their respective teams for the duration of their career. However, in the last season and a half Troy has also struggled with health issues.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SiLo wrote:
Polamalu might be one of the best safeties of all time.


FIFY
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wwhickok wrote:
First, I wouldn't categorize Polamalu & Reed together, because they play two different positions.

Best of All Time? Idk.. honestly I think it's hard to argue either way. He is undoubtedly one of the best Free Safeties to have ever played the game.

And Troy Polamalu is undoubtedly one of the best Strong Safeties of all time.. man if only we could see them play on the SAME team.. (Steelers of course, not Ravens Wink )



Man, if they played on the same team... it would be near unfair. Troy going ham all over the field and Ed hawking the ball. Sick.
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SiLo


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wwhickok wrote:
SiLo wrote:
Polamalu might be the most overrated safety of all time.


We'll have to agree to disagree there.

Both Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu have had huge impacts for both of their respective teams for the duration of their career. However, in the last season and a half Troy has also struggled with health issues.


I don't think Ed Reed is the best ever but Troy is an overrated risk taker. Dawkins > Troy if were going to debate that type of safety.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reed is the best safety I've seen play. Can't really make other comparisons. Polamalu is up there with him. It seemed like they would be the Tony Gonzalezes of the position and usher in a new era of gamechangers at the position, but this next gen has yet to produce anyone with the impact they had at their peak

He also had some of his best years as a strong safety early in his career.
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