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This will probably be the most controversial pick for this article.
I can almost hear the Steelers fans sharpening their spears and readying their torches in order to attack me for not putting Troy Polamalu in this spot.
I will admit, it was a very hard call. But if you ask me who I would rather have on the field when a big play is needed, I pick Reed.
Ed Reed is the greatest ball-hawking safety in NFL history. Since 2002, Reed has 54 interceptions, seven of which were returned for touchdowns.
Want an even better stat? In nine playoff appearances, Reed has seven interceptions.
Reed is not only one of the greatest safeties in NFL history, but his star shines the brightest in big games.
That is the mark of a great player.
Polamalu might equal (or surpass) Reed before his career ends, but for now, Reed gets the nod.