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The Athlete: Ed Reed

Cigar lover Ed Reed has taken his football knowledge to the University of Miami, teaching a new generation his unrivaled defensive skills
By Kenneth Shouler | From America’s Most Notorious Mobsters, November/December 2020
The Athlete: Ed Reed
Ed Reed, called the greatest safety ever to play football, relaxing with a fine cigar at The Tank Brewing Co. in Miami.
Ed Reed, chief of staff for the Miami Hurricanes, stands before the television in his office, examining film and explaining how he gets young players ready. “I’m watching a little of Virginia’s offense right now,” he says. The Cavaliers are abysmal, surrendering 119 points in three losses. Never mind. “I have to get these guys to understand that everyone wants to be the team that beats Miami. They are going to be on their best behavior, concentrating and practicing hard, watching extra film. Every week.”  Who wouldn’t want to upset a team so cocky it refers to itself as “THE U,” players and fans raising index fingers and joining thumbs to mimic the letter?  …
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