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While on NFL Total Access recently, analysts debated who is the top player to come out of the impressive 2003 draft class.
A guest of the show, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs prefaced his vote.
“Normally, I would say myself,” Suggs said. “But men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. This is killing me to say this, but it’s a guy with really long hair.”
Suggs voted safety Troy Polamalu (16th overall) of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers as the best of the class.
The crop included Suggs (10th), Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (1st), Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (3rd), Colts tight end Dallas Clark (24th), Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (31st) and more standouts.
“This guy with really long hair has played in three Super Bowls and won two,” Suggs said. “You gotta go with rings.
“We can get into the LeBron [James]-Kobe [Bryant] thing. I’m the biggest LeBron James fan in the world, but kings gotta wear rings. You’ve got to get some rings to get any kind of notoriety. … We better get some rings so I can say myself hands down.”
The NFL Network’s Tom Waddle and Jamie Dukes both voted for Johnson. Suggs said picking “The Manchild” was fair, but pointed out that Johnson hasn’t reached the playoffs.
Suggs has played in nine playoff games during his eight-year career, winning four. He has also gone to four Pro Bowls. By comparison, Polamalu has played in 13 playoff games and won 10. He has gone to six Pro Bowls.
Suggs joked earlier on the show that hearing the words “Pittsburgh Steelers” makes him break out in hives.