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.