The “Player 2K” debate moved to the safety position on Thursday, with Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu the center of the discussion.
Although Polamalu has been a game-changer for the Steelers on multiple levels, Reed’s game for the Ravens is more of the classic variety as the best centerfielder in football. Just take a look at the numbers: In nine NFL seasons, and despite nagging injuries, Reed has amassed a whopping 54 interceptions in 128 career games.
That’s a ton, but Reed still has a ways to go to catch free agent Darren Sharper (63), who says he plans to play (somewhere) in 2011. After Reed and Sharper, the drop off in career picks among active safeties is precipitous.
— Elliot Harrison