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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ed Reed has flecks of gray streaking his hair at age 34, but the 11th-year safety was emphatic yesterday in saying that, unlike teammate Ray Lewis, "No, it's not my last ride.''
Then, he paused and said, "I just bought a bike.''
Later, when asked if he planned on announcing his retirement after Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, 15 miles from where he grew up in St. Rose, La., Reed said, "I'll be playing next year, if that's what you're all asking.''
Still, given the flip-flopping stances on his future he has taken the past few off-seasons, don't be surprised if he reconsiders if the Ravens win, because given his age and likely contract demands, Reed could be playing his last game with the Ravens.
"Talking about going home for this Super Bowl, it's amazing to me, man,'' Reed said. "It's amazing for me to be in my 11th year and finally get there. Like Joe (Flacco) said, everybody doesn't get this chance.''
This is the 11-time Pro Bowler's first Super Bowl since he was drafted 24th overall the year after the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001. Among active players, Reed's 61 career interceptions rank first.
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