Ed Reed selected for 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class

Former Miami Hurricane Ed Reed on the sidelines during UM’s win over Notre Dame. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

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The College Football Hall of Fame now includes Ed Reed.

The former UM safety, considered one of the best defensive players of all time at any level of the game, was called to the college hall Monday. He will be recognized in Atlanta before the Georgia-Alabama national title game along with a class that includes former Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson, Michigan defensive back Charles Woodson and coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown.

Reed, a two-time first-team All-American (consensus in 2000, unanimous in 2001) led UM to four bowl wins, including the national title at the 2002 Rose Bowl. He was the 2001 Big East defensive player of the year, a two-time Big East champ and is UM’s career leader in interceptions (21) and interception return yards (389).

He was, of course, known for his leadership ability:

Reed is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year.

Meanwhile, the wait continues for former Canes greats Ray Lewis and Warren Sapp, both of whom were on the 2018 CFHOF ballot.

UM’s college hall inductees include (if you can name them all, pat yourself on the back):

– coach Jack Harding (enshrined 1980; several stints as coach and athletics director between 1937 and 1963)

– coach Andy Gustafson (class of 1985; led UM 1948-63; was AD until 1968)

– defensive end Ted Hendricks (inducted 1987, played at UM 1966-68)

– fullback Don Bosseler (class of 1990, played 1953-56)

– safety Bennie Blades (went in 2006; played 1984-87)

– quarterback Gino Torretta (class of 2009; played 1989-92)

– defensive tackle Russell Maryland (class of 2011; played 1987-90)

– coach Jimmy Johnson (inducted 2012; coached the Canes from 1984-88)

– quarterback Vinny Testaverde (class of 2013; player 1982, ’84-86)

– and quarterback Arnold Tucker (2008; a Miami High grad who starred at Army but played at UM in 1943 and later commanded UM’s ROTC program).

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