Suggs Earns AFC Defensive Player of Week

Terrell Suggs’ three-sack performance made him the conference’s top defensive player.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 at 11:44 am | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 1 vs Steelers

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs earned yet another award in his distinguished career, taking home the AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor for his stellar performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Suggs was instrumental in dismantling the Ravens’ AFC North rival Steelers, 35-7.

The nine-year veteran logged three sacks and was generally an all-around terror for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“You’re talking about some great sack artists that have been here,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “This has been a high pressure type of a deal. Terrell Suggs is a premier player. He’s one of the best players in the National Football League. He’s one of the premier defensive players that everybody game plans around.

“He gets blocked every different kind of way a guy can get blocked, from one game to the next, when you watch it. He still finds a way to make plays.”

Suggs, who became the Ravens all-time leading sacker with 71 ½ for his career, accounted for 25 yards lost to sacks.

He also tallied five tackles.

What’s more, Harbaugh points to the four-time Pro Bowler’s leadership, as Suggs has matured into one of the locker room’s most-respected voices.

“He’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around,” said Harbaugh. “This guy is one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been around. He’s part of the heart and soul of our team and our defense.”

This marks Suggs’ second AFC Defensive Player of the Week honor, as he also garnered the award in Week 7 of the 2008 campaign.

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