Jamal Lewis: Ed Reed Was "Our 12th Man On Offense"

Jamal Lewis reflected on the Ravens' Super Bowl run in 2000, as well as playing with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis

Reiter Than You
January 30, 2019 - 1:54 pm

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Eighteen years ago, in January 2001, the Baltimore Ravens beat the New York Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV, and Jamal Lewis – who rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown – wasn’t surprised.

In fact, he knew for months that the Ravens would at least reach the Super Bowl, if not win it.

“(It was) probably Week 14 or 13,” Lewis said on Reiter Than You. “Me and Ray Lewis was out one night and we looked at each other and we said, ‘We’re going to the Super Bowl.’ We just knew it. We knew the teams we was going up against, they couldn’t handle our running game and they couldn’t score on our defense. That’s when we knew we were headed to the playoffs and we would go to the Super Bowl. We called it. One day after practice, we told (owner Steve) Bisciotti, ‘We’re going to the Super Bowl.’ We knew it. We knew that we was going to the Super Bowl.”

Lewis, who rushed for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns that season, played for the Ravens from 2000-06. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2003, when he rushed for 2,066 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He was asked to name the most talented player he ever played with or against. 

“I would say Ray Lewis, but that’s like saying ‘I want to thank God first’ for getting an award,” Lewis said. “I would say Ed Reed. Ed Reed was very talented, he was very smart, he was a student of the game, and not only did he play defense, (but) he actually was our 12th man on offense that we could depend on to go get a pick and score for us if we were down. He was one elite player. Playing against him, he was probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with and against.”