OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ray Lewis has made it clear that he will play his last game Feb. 3 in Super Bowl XLVII.
But what about Ed Reed, the Ravens' venerable safety? Could this be his finale after 11 seasons, a chance to cap a remarkable career by winning a Super Bowl near where he grew up?
Sorry, no dramatic exit here.
Asked Saturday how he'll feel about his career if the Ravens earn a ring in New Orleans, Reed smiled and said, "I will be playing next year, if that's what you're asking. So, next question."
All right, then.
"It's not my last ride," said Reed, who broke into the NFL with the Ravens in 2002, two seasons after they won Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa. "I just bought a bike not too long ago."
All joking aside, Reed, 34, was the most definitive he has been about his plans. Even if he can't come to terms on a new contract, the former consensus All-American at Miami said he will play a 12th NFL season.
In the meantime, he's enjoying every moment as he prepares for his first trip to the Super Bowl.
"I'm speechless when it comes to talking about going home for this Super Bowl," he said. "It's amazing to me. … I'm just soaking it up, just really enjoying it, every minute, every second, being around my teammates."
Reed was born in St. Rose, La., and raised in Destrehan, both about a 30-minute drive from New Orleans. He regularly returns to visit family. In January 2011, his brother, Brian Reed, died at 28 after jumping into the Mississippi River, reportedly to avoid police.
"You're going to bring me to tears," Reed told reporters after the Ravens clinched a Super Bowl berth with a win over the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. "My family has been going through some things. I just lost my brother two years ago."
After one final practice at their training facility, the Ravens will take today off before heading to New Orleans on Monday.
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