Terrell Suggs: Ravens wanted to kill Hines Ward

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Terrell Suggs has played his entire 15-year career with the Ravens, and so he has a lot of memories of the rivalry with the Steelers. One memory that sticks out is the team’s hatred of former Steelers receiver Hines Ward.

Suggs told Bleacher Report that talking trash with Ward before, during and after games wasn’t just about getting in an opponent’s head. It was about genuine hatred.

“We might get into a fight while we’re doing something. You know what I’m saying. It was personal. It was personal. We wanted to kill Hines Ward. I had to threaten him before every play like, ‘If you crack me, I swear to God I’m going to break your f–king neck,'” Suggs said.

In 2008, Ward broke the jaw of Cincinnati’s Keith Rivers, leading to the NFL passing a new rule against blindside blocks the next year. Suggs said that he warned Ward that if he tried that against the Ravens, he’d have to worry about a lot more than a 15-yard penalty.

“I swear to God, if you hit me like that,” Suggs says he told Ward, “I’m getting thrown out of the f–king league.”

61 responses to “Terrell Suggs: Ravens wanted to kill Hines Ward

  1. Hines Ward – the ultimate Steeler. He belongs on Mt. Rushmore, well, at least Mt. Washington.

  2. I bet that wasn’t just a threat. I mean look at what Suggs teammates were doing off of the field.

  3. Keith rivers was not some poor little punter out there. He was a linebacker trying to put a hit on the ball carrier. He should have had his head on a swivel, so Hines decided to swivel it for him. And the time he laid out Ed Reed was 100% legal. The hardest hitting team of that generation got so upset when somebody hit back

  4. Everyone hating on Suggs because they wish he played for their team. 16 years in and he’s still doing it better than every Steelers defender combined.

  5. It is well known that the Ravens had a bounty on several of the Steelers players years ago and Suggs was at the front of it. When the league questioned him about it he played dumb which is an easy role for him.

  6. When an entire team plays dirty but the refs largely ignore it and the media celebrates it then their might be frustration by the rest of the league and especially the division.

  7. And yet after every game win or lose, you’d see players on those 2000 to 2010 Steelers and Ravens squads hugging opposing players and smiling. Those two teams from that era are easily among the the top 5 NFL rivalries of all time. Those defenses were beastly. Remember when Ryan Clark and McGahee almost killed each other on the field?

  8. Say what you want about Suggs’ comments, but they are a true indication of what actually goes on down on the field.
    The Cowboys and Broncos of the 90’s had offensive linemen who were infamous for going after defensive linemens’ knees. Even Reggie White got so angry that he screamed at the officials for allowing the Cowboys linemen to do what they were doing to him and his teammates.
    This kind of stuff has been going on forever in the NFL. Hines Ward was an excellent receiver and as tough as they come when it comes to blocking. But there is no question he crossed the line a lot, too.

  9. derekgorgonstar says:
    March 30, 2018 at 5:56 am
    Everybody hates the Steelers.

    The amount of Steeler fans at away games shows that you couldn’t be more wrong!!

  10. WR Ward kept defensive players head on a swivel and afraid ..!!! Shouldn’t that be the other way around..!??! Ward was the Man.!!

  11. “The amount of Steeler fans at away games shows that you couldn’t be more wrong!!”

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    yeah there is a large number of wal mart steeler fans around the country, usually dudes trying to overcompensate for something. too bad they cant fill their own 65k seat stadium in the burg for home games.

  12. Hines Ward was always on the look out to take off an unsuspecting players head…….ALWAYS. No respect for that clown.

  13. Ward was famous for lining up a Dback away from the play just as the whistle was about to blow – he crushed Ed Reed like that once – the Ravens got payback against him plenty of times over the years, but he was tough for a WR – I think he pissed players off because he always had a punk smile on his face – he was a good player but got away with things he couldn’t do in todays game.

  14. Hines Ward was incredible player to watch. He would get under a lot of players skins not just suggs. The Steelers struck gold when they drafted him. Great to hear these kind of stories.

  15. Sorry, but laying out someone who doesn’t see it coming is not toughness. It’s just dirty football, and should have been beneath him.

  16. LOL. Typical Suggs, but still…somewhat understandable, considering how many times Ward killed the Ravens.

  17. In its infancy stages still. Only about twenty years old but yet one of the best and most intense rivalry in all of sports. Fun to watch.

  18. “And yet after every game win or lose, you’d see players on those 2000 to 2010 Steelers and Ravens squads hugging opposing players and smiling. Those two teams from that era are easily among the the top 5 NFL rivalries of all time. Those defenses were beastly. Remember when Ryan Clark and McGahee almost killed each other on the field?”
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    Ahhh…those were the halcyon days!! Before Dr. Bennet Omalu ruined everyone’s “fun” & began the process of hopefully saving the game from itself and saving lives in the process. I do miss the big hits, a LOT…but I hope nobody ever has to again go through what guys like Mike Webster and Junior Seau suffered. And I would miss football more if it disappeared altogether.

    I’ll never forget the play on which I understood the NFL would never be the gladiator spectacle it once was. Steelers versus Falcons in Atlanta, 2014, the week of my birthday, 3rd quarter, 3rd down, Ryan drops back and Timmons knifes up the middle like lightning and tosses Matty Ice for a big loss…and the refs called “ROUGHING THE PASSER”!! Because Timmons’ helmet happened to touch Ryan’s chest and the very bottom of his face mask. It was a clean football play…no targeting with the helmet, no launching, just a clean sack. But the Falcons were gifted a first down and a second breath of life on that drive. Fortunately, Pittsburgh overcame that and it didn’t cost them a win.

    The game is just kind of weird now, tbh…

  19. Hines Ward was the quintessential cheap shot artist. And if you hit him, he’d flop like a Dutch soccer player. I bet he’s out there right now spilling water in grocery store aisles just for the laughs.

  20. Bigger, stronger, faster. No, not the NFL, girls field hockey.
    That’s where the action is and no showcasing refs to protect mega rich quarterbacks. Really liked the old game not this weakened product they want us to fork over large parts of our paychecks to “enjoy”.

  21. Kettle, meet pot.

    Suggs and his clown crew were some of the biggest cheap shot artist ever to play. When Ray Lewis left, Suggs was exposed for the fraud that he is. He’s still playing off of what he did when Lewis was playing. And you wonder why the Ravens are a bottom feeder team?

    Keeping bums like Suggs and Flacco around have cost them big time.

  22. I remember those days when I watched NFL football every Sunday.

    Then Colon Kaepernick ruined the entire league and the 32 billionaires that own the league let him do it.

    Now… I watch football on saturdays and golf on sundays. No more nfl football for me.🙀

  23. The Steelers-Ravens rivalry back then was the most physical rivalry we’ll probably ever see again, thanks to all the rules since implemented. The defenses were the fiercest in the league. Ben and Flacco repeatedly got mauled, but were tough as nails and played through most of it.

  24. Ravens D were like assassins — I remember from one particular game, the hit that Ray Lewis put on OchoCinco (Chad Johnson/Bengals) was a whammy!!

  25. weepingjebus says:

    ” Hines Ward was the quintessential cheap shot artist. And if you hit him, he’d flop
    like a Dutch soccer player. ”

    What completely fabricated horse manure …
    Hines NEVER let the opposition know he was hurt. He absorbed the hits, always got up,
    smiled and made it to the sidelines to get looked at. Weak sauce weeps.

  26. Ward was one of the dirtiest players ever. It’s well documented. Now the Steelers’ fans are whining because they can’t face that well proven fact. Tough.

  27. If Suggs was a Steeler and was saying this about a Raven, Steelers fans would applaud it. But alas the shoe is on the other foot. Bottom line, I think Steelers fans wish they had Suggs just as much as Ravens fans wished they had Ward. This coming from a Ravens fan.

  28. I’ve said it more than once….Stiller fans have the lowest football IQ of the bunch. Hitting guys that aren’t looking doesn’t make you tough…just dirty. Not surprised they love him.

  29. You guys saying hitting someone who isn’t looking is dirty clearly never played football. Blindside shots were part of the game, when you get the chance to take them, you took them. Not dirty, just part of the game.

  30. With the history of a specific Raven linebacker Suggs played with, I’m not sure Suggs should be using words like “kill” when talking about another human being.

  31. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    March 30, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Everyone hating on Suggs because they wish he played for their team. 16 years in and he’s still doing it better than every Steelers defender combined.
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    Don’t get me wrong, Steelers fans have their blinders on too… but you’re just an idiot.

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