SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18: Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on December 18, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
We've poked some fun at the Horse With A Name, Ravens DE Terrell Suggs (he went to the desert, it didn't feel good to blow out his Achilles while playing basketball), but some comments he made recently in regards to watching the Ravens' minicamp are part of the reason why - love him or hate him - you have to respect him as a player.
So in the best interests of the Fairness in Savagery Act, we'll say this; Suggs' backing off his November timetable to return to the field is probably smart of him to do, but his comments about not being on the field with his teammates reveal the passion for the game he has.
Among the highlights, Suggs admitted he isn't a doctor, and said while he's working as hard as he can, "rehab is my best football skill," meaning he's not going to push himself too far. Probably a wise idea, and definitely a great quote.
"It is tough because like I said, I've never sat out before," Suggs said. "But you got to know your body. They constantly keep trying to tell me, 'Rehab and rest. Work as hard as you can.' Right now, rehab is my football skill. Until I master it, I won't be out there again so I'm definitely going to try to become an All-Pro at that ASAP."
"Like I said before, when I first got injured, I will be in a Baltimore Ravens uniform in 2012. The only question is when."
Obviously, needling opponents is a bit part of being a fan, and it seems the better they are, the more we feel the need to dig into him. Suggs gives us plenty of opportunity for both, and because of that, we feel the need to wish him a speedy recovery, while hoping he hangs up the football cleats, and signs with the Heat in an effort to help box out Ibaka and Perkins.