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Terrell Suggs curtails Tom Brady trash talk

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A year ago, the mere possibility of facing the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game had Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs unleashing the trash talk on Tom Brady.

But this year, with the Ravens and Patriots actually meeting in the AFC Championship Game, Suggs has nothing but positive things to say about Brady.

I respect him,” Suggs said of Brady, via the Baltimore Sun. “Like I said before, when it’s all said and done, they are going to speak on three quarterbacks: Johnny [Unitas], Peyton [Manning] and him.”

Suggs said he lost some respect for Brady in a 2009 game, when Suggs delivered a relatively minor hit to Brady’s legs and Brady responded by turning to referee Ron Winter and asking for a roughing the passer flag, which Winter obliged by throwing. Suggs and Brady got into a shouting match on the field at the time, and it became an NFL mini-controversy, with Ray Lewis ripping the NFL for keeping defensive players from playing football, and Rodney Harrison telling Brady to “take off the skirt.”

Suggs, however, says he has moved on.

“I guess the genesis of that was the incident in ’09, when I almost hit him below the waist,” Suggs said. “That’s when it all started, but you grow and mature. As you all can clearly see, I’m not the same guy that I was in ’09. I’m definitely 20 pounds lighter. We had a lot going on, that defense. I’m pretty much over it.”

Pretty much. If Suggs can beat Brady on Sunday and get to the Super Bowl, then he’ll probably be all the way over it.

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  1. bertilfox says: Jan 19, 2012 7:07 AM

    Oh…and Joe Montana. That makes four.

  2. worldwidebleater says: Jan 19, 2012 7:09 AM

    He lost 20 lbs and that allowed him to grow up? I just dropped a duece, and now I see the folly of my previous behavior.

  3. ibreathefootball says: Jan 19, 2012 7:11 AM

    The Ravens do not trash talk any other teams but their own!

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 19, 2012 7:11 AM

    When Suggs retires, he could replace 3/4 of the analysts on Fox, ESPN, and NFL network all by himself…..that would be the kind of broadcasting that makes everyone’s piss get hot!

  5. wte1 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:17 AM

    I have a great new nickname for Tom Brady.

    T Bizzle

    Show me the love with the thumbs up!

  6. jacunn2000 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:22 AM

    I am just impressed that Suggs used the word “genesis” in a sentence.

  7. steelerssmack4u says: Jan 19, 2012 7:30 AM

    I would keep my mouth shut too, 0 sacks last week & just 1 sack against the Bengals.

  8. faulkana says: Jan 19, 2012 7:41 AM

    You can almost see the neurons not clicking in that brain.

  9. lolb23 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:47 AM

    Must be off the juice this year.

  10. bshuclassof2012 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:47 AM

    steelerssmack4u says:
    Jan 19, 2012 7:30 AM
    I would keep my mouth shut too, 0 sacks last week & just 1 sack against the Bengals.
    ————————————————————

    At least he is playing this week.

  11. imopen7 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:50 AM

    worry about the reed/sacco fued, shizzle. he’s just being nice to brady because he knows the end is near…he wants his slayer to have mercy on him.

    WORST AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME….EVER!!!

  12. sterling7 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:53 AM

    I was never a fan of Terrell Suggs even though I respect his talents as a football player. But when he mentioned Johnny Unitas that tells me he is a “student” of the game which is why he is such a good football player. Everything is arguable especially favorite players. My four alltime favorite players are Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers and Jim Brown. As Ronnie Lott once stated, he dreams of going against the very best, he dreams of going against Johnny Unitas, Gayle Sayers and Jim Brown in the same backfield…………………tough to beat!!!

  13. painkiller20 says: Jan 19, 2012 7:54 AM

    steelerssmack4u

    Unlike Mr. Harrison, Suggs surprisingly does more on the field than just go after the quarterback. Woodley has been awesome this year too after saying the Ravens would need to go through Pitt…. hahahaha

    …and the 20lb thing was a joke

  14. bostonhasrealhockey says: Jan 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    As a pats fan i respect the hell out of that whole raven team i hope its a clean no BS calls game. May the best team win and win the superbowl!

  15. cacaw420 says: Jan 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    steelerssmack4u says:
    Jan 19, 2012 7:30 AM
    I would keep my mouth shut too, 0 sacks last week & just 1 sack against the Bengals.

     —————

    Second on the team in tackles last week, and forced fumble against Cincinnati that led to a game sealing TD run by Ray Rice, which also wrapped up the AFC North and a first round bye.

    Sizzle is more than sacks, and that’s part of the reason the Ravens are still playing. Take note.

  16. derfshambeaux says: Jan 19, 2012 8:11 AM

    Unitas, Manning and Brady? No Montana?

  17. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 19, 2012 8:23 AM

    When you’re trying to win asking for a flag is all part of the game.

  18. grogansheroes says: Jan 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    Suggs knows about Unitas because they live in the same city. The reason he is talking nice about Brady is, he doesn’t want to piss him off. A motivated Brady is a dangerous Brady. Exhibit A: Broncos and someone named Tim.

  19. grogansheroes says: Jan 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    Meant to say played in the same city.

  20. jetsfaninmiami says: Jan 19, 2012 8:26 AM

    “take off the skirt” that’s hilarious, but true. :)

  21. ampats says: Jan 19, 2012 8:30 AM

    imopen7 says,

    “Worst Championship game ever”

    I find the comment funny/stupid considering the two BEST teams in the AFC are competing to go onto Indy.

    But then again, I understand your pain as you’re being a member of the Black/Urine faithful since the Steelers were embarrassed and TEBOWED in front of the world !

  22. opbilly says: Jan 19, 2012 8:40 AM

    dont worry suggs. the league wants brady in the super bowl so it will either be winter or coleman as referees and you’ll be getting another questionable roughing call

  23. mvpolamalu says: Jan 19, 2012 8:42 AM

    Im a steelers fan, but its hard not to love T-Sizze

  24. damnsureis says: Jan 19, 2012 8:51 AM

    No Flacco on that list? Let the controversy begin!

  25. marinephinfan says: Jan 19, 2012 8:54 AM

    Brady shouldn’t be mentioned along side Unitas or Manning. Brady is in the Aikman/Bradshaw class of QB’s. Manning/Unitas/Graham/Marino etc etc are in the same class.

  26. raven410 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:02 AM

    opbilly says:
    Jan 19, 2012 8:40 AM
    dont worry suggs. the league wants brady in the super bowl so it will either be winter or coleman as referees and you’ll be getting another questionable roughing call

    No..it will either be Mike Carey or Jeff Tripplett

  27. workn4daman says: Jan 19, 2012 9:07 AM

    Manning isn’t in Brady’s class; Unitas/Brady/Brees/Elway/Montana/Graham.

    Now, if only Suggs game were as big as his mouth, then he would be something. As it is, he’s a juiced up, over hyped yard dog yapping in the wind.

  28. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 19, 2012 9:07 AM

    I loved reading in Next Man Up about how a young Terrell Suggs would blow up and freak out on a daily basis, and his teammates would unanimously respond by laughing at him and telling him to shutup.

    So after 9 years in the NFL Terrell Suggs finally grew up. Well I guess that is front page news.

  29. kellyb9 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:08 AM

    I love how Suggs apparently dives at Brady’s legs and Brady gets up asking for a penalty for what by Suggs own admission was an illegal hit. Brady is a smart player, and smart players do what needs to do be done to win. It’s not a contest to be the most popular guy on the other team. I wonder if Suggs loses some respect for his own WR’s when they get up asking for a PI call every time someone breathes on them too hard.

  30. gingerkid2000 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:09 AM

    Suggs just does it for attention from the fans. He can’t say anything negative about Brady now though. Brady was unanimously voted MVP last year which means that Suggs voted for him too. If he starts trash talking about a guy who he voted for MVP everyone will know he’s all talk and full of bs.

    PS – Cromartie talked trash about Brady all last year as well them gave him hug after their last game. The trash talking is for show.

  31. nejerseygirl says: Jan 19, 2012 9:19 AM

    marinephinfan says:
    Jan 19, 2012 8:54 AM
    Brady shouldn’t be mentioned along side Unitas or Manning. Brady is in the Aikman/Bradshaw class of QB’s. Manning/Unitas/Graham/Marino etc etc are in the same class.
    ___________________

    Do you even watch football?

    Why do you think everyone compares Brady and Manning? Why do you think there’s been a debate going back and forth for years about who is better?

    Manning is slightly better statistically.. and Brady is slightly better in high-pressure situations.. but essentially they’re the same.

    To say that Manning is in a different league than Brady is stupid.

  32. mrplow3 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:36 AM

    Shows what Suggs knows. He leaves the best QB of all time off his top 3 list.

    No Montana????

    Are you kidding me?

  33. flash1283 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:50 AM

    raven410 says:
    Jan 19, 2012 9:02 AM
    opbilly says:
    Jan 19, 2012 8:40 AM
    dont worry suggs. the league wants brady in the super bowl so it will either be winter or coleman as referees and you’ll be getting another questionable roughing call

    No..it will either be Mike Carey or Jeff Tripplett
    —–

    You’re both wrong.

    Alberto Riverón to ref AFC title game;
    Ed Hochuli, to ref NFC title game.

  34. 20ydpsl says: Jan 19, 2012 9:51 AM

    raven410 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:02 AM

    opbilly says:
    Jan 19, 2012 8:40 AM
    dont worry suggs. the league wants brady in the super bowl so it will either be winter or coleman as referees and you’ll be getting another questionable roughing call

    No..it will either be Mike Carey or Jeff Tripplett

    ___________________________________

    Found two sites that list Alberto Riveron as the head ref for the AFC game.

    I don’t know anything about Riveron.

    For those of you who are interested, Hochuli is doing the NFC game.

  35. kingbeason52 says: Jan 19, 2012 9:56 AM

    I like the Ravens, and ive liken them all year. This guy just needs to quit talking. He’s been talking all year but what have you won in the NFL T.Suggs? IF(and he can) Brady burns your defense for 5 touchdowns, will you be talking Monday?

  36. myeaglescantwin says: Jan 19, 2012 10:00 AM

    i love how all you cheerleader fans only judge a defensive player by the amount of sacks he can produce..
    let alone tipped passes, tackles, tackles for loss, coverage, breakups & QB pressures..

    these are the type of people that watch the superbowl for commercials..

    & players talk trash cause they think they are the BOSS. but when a player like brady comes in with a large helping of humble pie,, what else can you do but hug it out..
    Now if Baltimore wins this game, GUARANTEED suggs makes headlines with the post game trash he spues out until superbowl week.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:04 AM

    “dont worry suggs. the league wants brady in the super bowl so it will either be winter or coleman as referees and you’ll be getting another questionable roughing call”

    Since they’ve already said the ref is the neither of those (can’t remember his name) and that the crew working this game threw less flags than any other you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Secondly, while the Ravens whine endlessly about the refs, this that and any other thing like a bunch of 5 year old girls, the Pats never complain about the horrible refs even though they get screwed just as much as any other team by them.

    The difference is the Pats take the responsibility of each loss as their own. If the game was decided by a bad call against them they consider it their fault that the game was that close in the first place.

    Whiners complain about refs, the Pats just go out and play and let the chips fall where they may.

  38. bleedgreen says: Jan 19, 2012 10:08 AM

    Manning isn’t in Brady’s class; Unitas/Brady/Brees/Elway/Montana/Graham.
    ——————-

    Except without Brady, the Pats go 11-5. Without Manning the Colts go 2-14, needing Dan Orlovsky (who?) to save them from 0-16.

  39. nesuperfan says: Jan 19, 2012 10:12 AM

    gingerkid2000 says:Jan 19, 2012 9:09 AM

    Suggs just does it for attention from the fans. He can’t say anything negative about Brady now though. Brady was unanimously voted MVP last year which means that Suggs voted for him too
    __________________________________

    Although I still gave you thumbs up for the whole of your comment, Suggs did not have a vote in the MVP. It is voted on by Associated Press chosen panel of writers, of which there are 50 total.

    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-02-06/sports/28534866_1_brady-bunch-new-england-patriots-quarterback-nfl-mvp

  40. nesuperfan says: Jan 19, 2012 10:18 AM

    Regarding the refs, I also heard that Hochuli and Riveron would be the refs on our local sports radio channel.

    They also discussed the average number of penalties called per game league-wide, and how many these two guys call. Both were in the bottom four for number of penalties called.

    Combine that with the fact that they also mentioned that penalties called in the playoffs are down 50%, the league has clearly given the refs orders to let them play. I am not sure how that 50% number jives with regards to how incomprehensibly the Giants-Packers game was called, but overall they seem to be calling less penalties, especially holding, IMO.

  41. supashug says: Jan 19, 2012 10:26 AM

    only a poor fan like above Harrisonhits trash talks after his team has been embarrassed.

    all of the sudden you cant talk about the Steelers so you jump on any bandwagon facing the Ravens

    to see someone from our own AFC North cheering for Brady is sad

  42. geemoney713 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:29 AM

    Suggs is only naming the two best qbs he’s played against and one that played in Baltimore. He’s ignoring Elway, Marino, and Montana for no good reason.

  43. eezyxyz says: Jan 19, 2012 10:30 AM

    “….when Suggs delivered a relatively minor hit to Brady’s legs….”

    It was only “relatively minor” because the attempted hit came in late enough that Brady was able to hop out of the way and avoid it before having his knees torn up by Suggs. Fact is Suggs came in late and deliberately dived in low to try and cause serious injury to Brady. He was rightly flagged for an unnecessary attempt to end a fellow player’s season (the very year after Brady had already missed an entire season with a knee injury). Suggs, and people defending him on that play, are full of it.

  44. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 19, 2012 10:33 AM

    @harrisonhits2

    Whiners complain about refs, the Pats just go out and play and let the chips fall where they may.
    ____________
    …and if those chips don’t fall where they want them then TB whines for a flag!

    I don’t like anyone complaining about calls period. It’s part of the game. EVERY team gets shafted at times, and every team gets breaks at times. You cannot begin to throw the “whiner” comment out there without acknowledging TB has whined for flags. And not after the game, but on the field. Moreso than any other QB we see. And I don’t to hear about WR calling for flags. Every WR does that. It’s become a reflex for WR to ask for flags.

    Hey, the Pats are first class. I will not dispute that. And I am envious of your teams success. But Brady whined on the field for calls. Even your man Harrison told him to “take off the skirt.” And I assume that Harrison is your namesake.

    Brady is an alltime great, but he has a Diva label. He is not afraid to “whine” as you call it, for flags.

  45. sudz28 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:33 AM

    That’s nothing – on local sport talk radio (105.7 The Fan) here in Baltimore, he trash talked some more. A direct quote from Suggs was:
    “The only way that Brady is going to the Super Bowl this year is if he buys tickets.”

    How’s that for bulletin board material?

  46. runrickyrun34 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    @HarrisonHits2

    If I remember correctly, the Steelers started complaining week 1 after an, embarassing blowout, of illegal chop blocks that weren’t illegal. It then continued all season about what’s an illegal hit, mostly from Ryan “The Human Missle” Clark. Not to mention the Steelers players then complained that the Ravens players were celebrating on the sidelines during the game. Then the dreaded word “Karma” started to creep into the newspaper from Steelers players. Only to lose at home on a last minute drive by the QB you all seem to completely write off like he’s Kyle Boller. It sounds like the Steeler players are the ones driving the Complain Train.

  47. bshuclassof2012 says: Jan 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    eezyxyz says:
    Jan 19, 2012 10:30 AM
    “….when Suggs delivered a relatively minor hit to Brady’s legs….”

    It was only “relatively minor” because the attempted hit came in late enough that Brady was able to hop out of the way and avoid it before having his knees torn up by Suggs. Fact is Suggs came in late and deliberately dived in low to try and cause serious injury to Brady. He was rightly flagged for an unnecessary attempt to end a fellow player’s season (the very year after Brady had already missed an entire season with a knee injury). Suggs, and people defending him on that play, are full of it.

    ————————————————————

    Yes, Suggs got deliberately blocked by Matt Light into Brady’s knees. Exactly.

  48. 8man says: Jan 19, 2012 10:49 AM

    Two proud franchises with true competitors on both sides of the ball. Either team will be a worthy AFC Champion against an equally worthy opponent from the NFC.

  49. gisellichek says: Jan 19, 2012 10:51 AM

    Suggs is a “tough guy” the man who puts the “sizzle” in the overhyped Raven’s defense… He and the rest of that D better bring it Sunday or the Raven’s could get blown out…

    Nice to see loosing weight makes you smarter and more mature.

  50. belairirish says: Jan 19, 2012 10:59 AM

    Class will be in session on Sunday at the Foxborough campus of Ball So Hard University. Professor Suggs will give a 3-hour demonstration on “Wreaking Havoc in the Backfield.”

  51. imopen7 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:17 AM

    whatever…. “armpats”
    if your idead of a good game is watching brady bore us with 67 5yd passes and herman munster-looking joe sacco choking it up…well then enjoy your day! I will not be watching.

  52. rushmatic says: Jan 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    worldwidebleater says:
    He lost 20 lbs and that allowed him to grow up? I just dropped a duece, and now I see the folly of my previous behavior.

    _________________

    Thank you for that. I just lol’d very loud.

  53. bcgreg says: Jan 19, 2012 11:35 AM

    @ marinephinfan

    Your name says it all.

    But, yes. Statistically, Manning has better stats. But, also remember that he has played 3 more seasons than Brady (98-00. Brady missed 08. Manning missed 2011. So, those 2 years cancel out. Brady was a rookie in 2000 but did not play.).

    Brady has a higher win percentage (actually he has the highest winning % in the SB era for QBs with more than 100(?) starts). He also has 17 fewer wins than Manning in 46 fewer games played (Brady is 124-35. Manning is 141-67)!

    Brady has 3 SB wins (2 SB MVPs). Manning has 1 (and 1 SB MVP). Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history (would have been 2 unanimous MVPs, but some numb nut gave Favre a vote in 2007). One of Manning’s MVPs was a split decision (with, but Manning has more MVPs.

    Brady is 14-5 in the playoffs. Manning is 9-10.

    And, I think Manning is in the Unitas, Montana group, but most definitely, so is Brady.

  54. yukon672010 says: Jan 19, 2012 11:37 AM

    He lost 20 lbs and that allowed him to grow up? I just dropped a duece, and now I see the folly of my previous behavior.

    Your “duece”s weigh 20 lbs ?

  55. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 19, 2012 11:59 AM

    @imopen7

    Did someone steal your marbles and now you are going to pout in the corner this Sunday? What a baby! I think you are now the definition of a poor sport.

    When the Black and Yellow have been in these games, those of us who are real fans still watch the games. That’s because, despite our dislikes for the teams, we still appreciate games and the moments that make champions.

    What a loser.

  56. rayriceisnice says: Jan 19, 2012 12:03 PM

    None of you people know football…it’s comical

  57. patsfiend says: Jan 19, 2012 12:40 PM

    @bcgreg

    You forgot to mention that Manning plays most of his games indoors. I seem to recall him having a bit of trouble over the years throwing in the white stuff, or the wet stuff, or the anything other than 70 degrees and turf… stuff.

    But who really cares about it? It seems the sad Steelers fans are driving half of these threads (go home, sleep tight.) Let’s get to Sunday already, and see if T-Sizz has it on the field, or if Brady is just going to slice these guys up. Can’t wait!

  58. ampats says: Jan 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    imopen7,

    Unlike you,hopefully your hero Pig Ben will be watching the game and not carousing bathrooms in college bars or molesting room service attendants in Las Vegas hotels

  59. pastabelly says: Jan 19, 2012 2:52 PM

    steelerssmack4u says:
    Jan 19, 2012 7:30 AM
    I would keep my mouth shut too, 0 sacks last week & just 1 sack against the Bengals.
    ===============================
    That’s pretty impressive considering the Ravens weren’t even playing the Bengals.

    I’ll take Suggs at face value on this one and give him credit for maturing a bit on this one. Suggs, Reed, and Lewis are three of the best defensive players in the league and they have to be frustrated with the quarterbacks their team has drafted. Maybe in the past, Suggs took his frustration out on Brady. Now, it’s Reed who’s taking his frustration out on Flacco.

  60. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 19, 2012 4:29 PM

    Did Suggs play last Sunday?

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