Only because he has a ring.
Ed Reed? Absolutely. Possibly the best cover safety of all time
I've been assuming that he'd be a first ballot HOF'er for the past season or two, but like someone said earlier, winning this ring just makes it a must. The guy has been amazing throughout his career. Definitely, yes.
What I think a player needs to be first ballot:
Dominance for at least five years.
Post season success.
*I don't think Ed Reed has ever done anything classless. At least not to my knowledge.
*Ed Reed had 21 interceptions in three years in two different three year periods. That's dominance.
*Reed has 61 career interceptions. 7 Return touchdowns.
*Reed has been a part of nine post season wins and he has 9 post season interceptions. And an interception in the Super Bowl and a Super Bowl win.
First ballot? Yes, especially with the glowing endorsement of one of the best coaches ever in BB. (Hate spelling Bill's last name).
Also, I'm happy somebody else brought up Charles Woodson. I know Woodson has played in 4 more seasons than Reed, but I think Woodson is just as deserving. Considering everybody thinks Reed is the best interception return man of his generation with 7 defensive touchdowns and Woodson has 11, 11 more sacks than Reed and 13 more forced fumbles. If Reed played another 4 years, I don't think he would match those numbers that Woodson has. Still, I'm not taking anything away from Reed because he is one of my favorite players of all time.
Reeds number out due any current players including only player to return a Td in Kick return, punt and INT with longest INT TD return and he has been playing with a pinched nerve for the past 4 years and I believe he had it in the back and neck. Straight beast...
Could also be bias I wanted to be Ed Reed when he was at Maimi and always rooted for him but dude has done a lot in his career.
Yes. There are only 3 first ballot locks. Probably 4 right now after Reed got the ring.
Gonzalez is going to be met with resistance because he's a TE and has no postseason success.
Woodson is going to be met with resistance because he is a DB and the voters WILL KNOW that Woodson was never a Revis lockdown corner.
randy moss? i think he is a safe 1st ballot HOF. Tony gonzaloz is diff. a 1st ballot HOFer. despite his problems in post season. easily 1st ballot, IMO. But certainly tony and randy are to.
Defensive rookie of the year.
Defensive player of the year.
55 career interceptions.
24 forced fumbles.
Over 700 tackles.
8 pro bowls
2000 all decade team
Interception leader twice
Super Bowl victory
Frequent playoff success including two trips to the Super Bowl and four championship games.
Second most interceptions among active players, surpassed only by Reed.
Woodson has one more year where he can be a difference maker. If he stays at safety, you can stretch that to two more years. If he was to win another Super Bowl and eclipse 60 interceptions and 20 career sacks (both very possible), there's no doubt in my mind that he would be a first ballot hall of famer.
Woodson was never a shutdown corner. I could give a damn about the stats. Shutting out the other teams #1 WR is what the voters care about in regards to corners.
Woodson will make it, first ballot or not.
Saying he was never shutdown is a lie, like Revis, maybe not. But he was very good at how he played. He could cover different types of players, became a better tackler over his career and always could take the ball away.