Late For Work 6/28: Terrell Suggs Nominated For ESPY As Best NFL Player

Top 5 running backs in Ravens history, Ngata 9th-best player, contrasting top 100 lists.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 9:08 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Suggs Nominated For ESPY As Best NFL Player

Terrell Suggs may miss a good chunk of the season with an Achilles tendon injury, but the outside linebacker is at least enjoying a fantastic week.

Sizzle was nominated for an ESPY as the Best NFL Player, a designation Suggs said he was “honored” to receive.

The nomination was announced the same week Suggs will take off his walking boot (Friday) for the first time since surgery and Team Sizzle Films sold out two screenings of its first feature film, “The Coalition.”

This has been one heck of a week,” Suggs posted on Facebook. “This must be kinda like what the most interesting man in the world feels like all the time. LOL!”

Suggs will compete for votes against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

History is against Suggs winning the award as a defensive player has never won the Best NFL Player ESPY. Neither has a Raven. Nine quarterbacks, nine running backs and one wide receiver have won it since its inception in 1993.

Rodgers looks to take home the trophy for the second consecutive year. The Packers quarterback is on a little streak – he recently took home the AP Offensive Player of the Year award the same night Suggs took home the Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) award, and just last night it was revealed that Rodgers was voted by his peers as the best player of 2012.

Suggs’ play on the field should earn him plenty of votes from fans, but if anyone is torn, the likelihood that Suggs will give the best acceptance speech should give him the edge.

“I want to thank my parents for deciding to go through with it,” Suggs said when accepting the DPOY award in February, inciting laughter from the audience.

Suggs knows the field will be tough to beat, so he is encouraging fans to get online and vote.

@untouchablejay4 tweeted: “Just Found out I’m nominated for an ESPY for Best NFL Player! That’s FYE!!! Thanks ESPYs. Need them votes now.

VOTE for Terrell Suggs HERE. Voting ends on July 9 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be revealed July 11 during the 20th ESPYs.

Top 5 Running Backs In Ravens History

Expect more top X lists throughout this football “dark period” – the break between minicamps in June and the start of training camp at the end of July.

Here’s one from Football Outsiders’ Mike Tanier, ranking the top five running backs in Ravens history.

With one of the shorter franchise histories in the NFL – Art Modell brought the Ravens to Baltimore in 1996 – Ray Rice is the first running back currently playing to rank at the top of a Football Outsiders list.

Here’s Tanier’s top 5:

  • Rice: “The Ravens have not been around very long, and Rice’s ranking at the top of this list is not without controversy, but still, this is a pretty good list to top.”
  • Jamal Lewis: “From a total value standpoint, Rice’s 2009 and 2011 seasons were about the equals of Lewis’ 2003 (record-breaking, 2,066-yard) season, and 2010 was better than any other season Lewis had. It’s a close call, with Lewis outgaining Rice by over 3,000 rushing yards.”
  • Priest Holmes: “For the Ravens, he was a surprise 1,000-yard rusher in 1998, then an important change-up runner for a Super Bowl team. When you remember just how terrible the Ravens passing game was in 2000, you realize just how important Holmes was on screens and draws to provide some sort of counterpunch to Lewis.”
  • Willis McGahee: “McGahee was useful as a short yardage back and innings eater in place of Rice. Sometimes, getting an older back for that role makes sense, assuming he accepts his role and the price is right. … He has had a weird, fractured career, starting with the injury in the Fiesta Bowl after the 2002 season. He is considered a disappointment, but he has had 1,000-yard seasons for three different franchises and has now rushed for over 7,000 yards.”
  • Chester Taylor: “There is no great choice for fifth place, but the Ravens did pretty well on the first four considering they had just two decades of history. Taylor made a great career out of being a change-up back, here and in Minnesota.”

Haloti Ngata Ninth-Best Player In 2012

The final results of NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012 are in.



Haloti Ngata Sound FX

Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was voted by his peers as the ninth-best player in the league, and the best player on the Ravens roster.

We’ll post the top 100 package of Ngata a little later this morning, but until then, below is a Sound FX video featuring the defensive tackle in 2009. In it, former coach Brian Billick gives the perfect description of what Ngata means to the team.

“If Ray Lewis has been the heart of the Ravens, Ngata has been the rock,” he said.

The full top is as follows (from one to 10): Rodgers, Brees, Johnson, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Ngata and 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

By the way, after watching every snap of 2011, Pro Football did their own list of top 100 players. Actually, they did the top 101.

PFF’s list looks a lot different from NFL players’ final rankings:

Pro Football Focus

No. 7: Suggs
No. 25: Lardarius Webb
No. 34: Marshal Yanda
No. 58: Ray Lewis
No. 85: Ray Rice
No. 90: Haloti Ngata

NFL Player Votes

No. 9: Ngata
No. 11: Suggs
No. 16: Reed
No. 20: Lewis
No. 22: Rice
No. 45: Vonta Leach
No. 74: Flacco

Quick Hits

  • deemason85: Headed to Charlotte today for Espn college football. This is out of the box for me but I know I will do well. [Twitter]
  • LWebb21: My Ravens Edition! #lebron9 [Twitter]
  • JameelMcClain: happy Bday to the lil homie @i_amQUAN [Twitter]

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