The Man, The Myth, The Sizzle

With the tenth pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select, Terrell Suggs, linebacker, Arizona State.

Ever since the like of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed departed from Baltimore number fifty-five has taken on the leadership role for the Ravens. Terrell Suggs has been the heart and soul of this team, the motivational leader, he gets the boys ready every Sunday before game time with his passionate and emotional pre-game speeches.

In recent days there has been reports that Suggs is preparing for the possibility of moving on and playing for another franchise. Although Suggs wants to stay a Raven for life, he realizes that that may not be possible having this to say on the subject;

“I would really love to be in one place my whole career. Not many players can say they did that. But I also understand this is a business and that might not happen. I’m pretty much making my peace with it now. I’m preparing myself for it just in case. What will be, will be.”

Last night was Suggs’ 207th game played for the Ravens. The man known as T-Sizzle, has been a force to be reckoned with ever since entering the league in 2003. 2003 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, a six-time pro bowler, 2011 First Team All-Pro, and 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. Suggs always strikes fear into opposing offenses and quarterbacks. He can be a game changer at any point during a game, evident last night when he earned his thirtieth strip sack of his career on Tom Savage late in the fourth quarter.

As of last night Suggs is third among active player in sacks, with 124. Terrell is the Ravens all-time franchise sack leader after passing fellow linebacker, Peter Boulware, in 2011. Imagining Sizzle in anything other than black and purple makes any Ravens fan tear up. The tenacity, the passion, and the love he shows for this city and team is unlike any other. The amazing entrances out from the tunnel can hype anyone with even the slightest bit of purple in their blood up.

So far this year, the ageless wonder in Suggs has notched 9.5 sacks, to go along with four forced fumbles, and three passes defended. The guy’s motor does not stop until he succeeds at his mission. During the post-game press conference after last night’s victory, Suggs talked about how future Hall of Famer and former Ravens legend Ray Lewis, told him to always go after the ball. That lesson has proven to change a lot of outcomes in pivotal moments, just like last night.

With Suggs’s cap hit only being seven million next season it is hard to see the Ravens making him a cap casualty, especially with his high level of play so far this season. Keeping the future Hall of Famer here in Charm City until he decides to retire would be a wise decision.

Could you imagine seeing Terrell Suggs wearing the opposition colors, bull rushing Joe Flacco? I know that is a sight I never want to see. Keep fifty-five in that beautiful Baltimore black and purple forever.

 

Isaiah Stumpf

Hi my name is Isaiah Stumpf. I am currently attending Anne Arundel Community College. I write and cover Maryland Terrapins sports and the Baltimore Ravens for Maryland Sports Blog. I intend to transfer to Towson University and major in Sports Management. I am a true diehard fan of the Ravens and Orioles. I am excited to help this network grow and become something huge!

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