Ed Reed, a retired Baltimore Ravens legend with one Super Bowl win under his belt, is set to be the next head football coach at Bethune-Cookman University.
Reed was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2019 and holds nine Pro Bowl selections. Given his substantial career in the NFL, the school could not be more excited for the legend to join their coaching staff.
Many people are pointing out the similarities between him and Deion Sanders, who up until this year has coached at exclusively HBCUs. Sanders even spoke of the retired athlete, believing that he will make an excellent coach at Bethune-Cookman.
“Ed is a once-in-a-lifetime player, and Bethune Cookman understood what they needed to take their program to another level,” Sanders, who is now the head coach at the University of Colorado, said of Reed. “His work ethic, commitment, and attention to detail are unmatched. And I just pray that Bethune Cookman can keep up with his vision!”
John Harbaugh, head coach for the Baltimore Ravens, also discussed his ex-player’s decision to get into coaching. The NFL coach wholeheartedly believes Reed is just what Bethune-Cookman needs.
Those who worked with Ed Reed speak highly of his decision to become a head coach
“Bethune-Cookman got a great coach, got a great football man,” Harbaugh said. “I was very excited for Ed, for one thing because I know that he’s been working on that. He’s been at the University of Miami as an assistant coach and doing a great job down there. Then, to get the opportunity to run his own program, I know he’ll do a great job. Of course, we’ll support him every way we can. Bethune-Cookman made a great hire.”
“Ed had such a good football acumen,” Harbaugh continued, further examining Reed’s talents. “Such an understanding of his position and the defensive part of the game. It was really incredible and remarkable how well he understood the game.”
For the past three seasons, the new head coach has been an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Miami. Like many others, Miami athletic director Dan Radakovich was quick to praise the Miami senior football adviser.
“We are excited to hear that Ed has been named the head football coach at Bethune-Cookman,” Radakovich said, according to ESPN. “Ed is one of the best to ever wear a Miami Hurricanes uniform and he has served as a great mentor to our student-athletes over the past three years. He will do a tremendous job leading the Wildcats program and the entire Miami family wishes him all the best.”
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