A throng of reporters and cameramen waited in front of his locker this afternoon, anxiously anticipating a quote or quip that would liven up the
For Suggs, it was a chance to reflect on a decade in the
Suggs did none of that Friday, refusing even to acknowledge that he takes extra satisfaction in the Ravens making it to the Super Bowl while he fought through significant injuries to remain on the field.
"None, not yet," he said. "Ask me that question on February 4."
That, of course, is the day after the Ravens play the
Three days before the Ravens travel to New Orleans in what is expected to be Lewis' last game, an uncharacteristically subdued Suggs admitted that it hasn't "sunk in yet" that he'll be playing in the Super Bowl.
"With the kind of practice that we just had, you would have never known," said Suggs after pulling on a purple shirt that read 'Failure is Not an Option.' "You would never have thought that's the game we were playing for. We thought it was training camp out there. We're just kind of enjoying the ride. It's pretty fun. I'm pretty sure it will sink in when we get down there."
Suggs, 30, was in Indianapolis on Super Bowl weekend last year to accept the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award after a season in which he set team records with 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
This season, nothing has come easy. He suffered a partially torn Achilles tendon in late April that required surgery. Believed to be a long shot to play at all this season, he returned in time for the Ravens' Week 7 game against the
Still working his way back into shape, Suggs played in six games before tearing his biceps in a home loss to the
"I forgot he even had a torn biceps," Ravens cornerback
In his final three regular-season games, Suggs had five total tackles and three sacks, looking nothing like the player he has been for much of his career and prompting some questions about how useful that he'd be in the playoffs.
After a relatively quiet two-tackle performance in the Ravens' victory over the
"If you look at him and Ray, these guys both had injuries that a heck of a lot of people would have never come back from in a season," Pees said. "What that does is it tells the younger players that this is the way that you need to be to be a good pro."
Throughout the playoff run, the normally loquacious Suggs has been eerily quiet, declining several interviews and mostly maintaining a low profile. He broke from that pattern temporarily as he walked to the victorious Ravens' locker room at
For a brief moment, that was the return of the Suggs that Ravens' fans and reporters have come to know. The same guy stood in front of reporters Friday, cautiously leaning on his locker and providing stock answers to questions. He even declined to take any verbal shots at the so-called "naysayers."
"I don't really have to say anything to them," Suggs said. "The fact that we're the last two teams playing says it all. We're just going to keep chucking and keep our eyes on the prize. One more to go."