Suggs Honored With 101 Award

Terrell Suggs will be honored as the AFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at 8:51 am | Categories: 2012 Offseason, Garrett Downing

Terrell Suggs continues to pile up the awards, and today he will be honored at the 101 Awards in Kansas City as the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

The recognition is the latest for Suggs, who was the NFL’s 2011 Defensive Player of the Year.

“It’s flattering,” Suggs said. “It shows that the work you put in during the offseason, and the dedication that you showed during the season, has paid off. It’s a good second place prize because I really wanted the Lombardi Trophy.”

Suggs was selected for the award by a group of 101 media members who cover the NFL on a regular basis.

He joins teammates Ray Lewis and Ed Reed as Ravens who have won the award. Reed won it in 2004, and Lewis is a three-time honoree (2003, 2001, 2000).

As part of the ceremony, Suggs will be presented the award by Ravens Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, who has worked with Suggs over the last two years in Baltimore and was also his college coach at Arizona State. Each national honoree selected their presenter.

The Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker excelled this season, collecting 14 sacks, 70 tackles, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions. Three times this season Suggs had three sacks in a game.

The nine-year veteran also shined on some of the Ravens’ biggest stages.

He opened the season with three sacks and two forced fumbles against Pittsburgh, starting the year off with a splash. He had three sacks in the Ravens’ Thanksgiving Day victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and he forced a critical fumble in Baltimore’s Week 17 win over Cincinnati to clinch the AFC North title.

This weekend, Suggs will enjoy the awards ceremony, but he has already shifted his focus toward next season and achieving his ultimate goal of a Super Bowl title.

“I’m very grateful, honored and flattered to have it,” Suggs said. “But I’m still not satisfied and I’m going to continue my quest for that ultimate immortality.”

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