While the idea of Deion Sanders coaching college football in Florida may still be a dream, for NLF Hall of Famer Ed Reed, it’s reality.
Miami head coach Manny Diaz announced Thursday that Reed was hired as the Chief of Staff. He is a returning star to the football program; he played from 1997 to 2001. Then, he played most of his professional career with the Baltimore Ravens.
Reed spent 11 seasons with the Ravens, earning nine Pro Bowl and five first-team All-Pro selections. He also won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.
In his new role, Reed will be an adviser for Diaz, assisting the head coach with strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation, and player development. The university’s press release even stated that he will also play a part in team building, athlete mentorship and recruiting.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”
Miami’s football program has been lackluster as of late, and Diaz, after recently firing the offensive coordinator Dan Enos, hopes that their new addition will give a boost to not only morale, but also team skillset.
The Hurricanes are hoping guidance from a legend like Reed will change things.