Terrell Suggs

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Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs 2011 stadium practice.jpg
Suggs practicing at M&T Bank Stadium in August 2011.
No. 55     Baltimore Ravens
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-10-11) October 11, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Chandler (AZ) Hamilton
College: Arizona State University
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 2003 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles 728
Quarterback sacks 106.5
Interceptions 7
Forced fumbles 27
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Terrell Raymonn Suggs (born October 11, 1982), nicknamed T-Sizzle or Sizzle, is an American football outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Arizona State University, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. The Ravens selected him with the tenth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he is now the team's all-time leader in sacks with 106.5.[1] Suggs is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

Early years[edit]

Suggs was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Laverne Diane (née Kennedy) and Donald Lee Suggs.[2] He was raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. While growing up in Saint Paul, Suggs played youth football, as a center, with future baseball player Joe Mauer.[3] Suggs moved to Arizona after eighth grade[4] As a teenager, he attended multiple schools, the first being Chandler High School. He later transferred to Hamilton High School where he set the Arizona Class 5A record for rushing yards in a game with 367 against Yuma Kofa as a junior in 1999.

As a senior, Suggs was named a Parade high school All-American in 2000, Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, the No. 1 jumbo athlete in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine, Arizona Player of the Year by USA Today as well as an All-American by USA Today and the 60th-best player in the nation by Sporting News.[5]

In addition, Suggs lettered three times in basketball and once in track and field.

College career[edit]

Suggs decided to attend Arizona State University, where he played defensive end for coach Bruce Snyder and coach Dirk Koetter's Arizona State Sun Devils football teams from 2000 to 2002. He finished his career with 163 tackles, including a school, career-record 65.5 tackles for losses, and 44 quarterback sacks, 14 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and nine passes deflected. He set an NCAA single-season record with 24 sacks in 2002.[6] Following his 2002 junior season, he was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]


Suggs was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens 10th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, becoming one of the youngest defensive players ever drafted at only 20 years old until defensive tackle Amobi Okoye was drafted by the Houston Texans at the age of 19 in 2007.

Suggs enjoyed immediate success as a rookie in 2003 as he tied an NFL record by posting a sack in each of his first four games.[8] He finished the season with 27 tackles (19 solo), 12 sacks (a Ravens franchise rookie record),[9] 6 forced fumbles, 2 pass deflections and 1 interception, earning him Defensive Rookie of the Year honors while only starting one game that year.

The next season in 2004, he was elected to his first Pro Bowl as he recorded 10.5 sacks and 60 tackles (45 solo).

In 2005, the Ravens' new defensive co-ordinator Rex Ryan, son of famous defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, moved Suggs from outside linebacker to defensive end in many of the defensive schemes. Despite registering a then-career-low 8 sacks, Suggs also set new career-highs in tackles with 69 (46 solo) and interceptions with 2.

In 2006, Suggs was part of the NFL's best overall defense, the unit allowing a league-low 12.6 points per game. He recorded 64 tackles (46 solo), 9.5 sacks and set new career-high in pass deflections with 8. After the season, he was voted to the Pro Bowl for the second time. He was a major contributor as the Ravens went 13-3. For the season, Suggs started nine games at right defensive end in the Ravens base 4-3 and seven games at outside linebacker when the Ravens started game in a base 3-4 defense. Suggs also earned attention for his flashy playing style, "Suggs evolved into one of the league's best pass-rushers whether he is blitzing as a linebacker or rushing from defensive end with one hand on the ground."[10]

Suggs (55) and Ray Lewis playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

The following season in 2007, Suggs made 80 tackles (52 solo) and five sacks, as he and the Ravens plummeted to 5-11. Like the season before, Suggs was a hybrid defensive end/linebacker, playing 50 percent of the defensive snaps at defensive end in the Ravens base 4-3 defense.[10]

From left to right: Haloti Ngata, Lewis, and Suggs chasing down Willie Parker of the Steelers in 2006.

On February 19, 2008, the Ravens placed the franchise tag on Suggs. He initially filed a grievance because the team had designated him as a LB with the franchise tag rather than a DE, which resulted in a monetary difference of about $800,000. Despite being unhappy with the franchise tag, Suggs reported to off-season mini-camps to practice with the team. On May 13, 2008, he reached an agreement with the team to split the difference in the franchise tag amounts of a LB and a DE and drop his grievance.

In Week 7 of the 2008 NFL season, Suggs intercepted a pass from Chad Pennington of the Miami Dolphins and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown, the first pick of his professional career. Two weeks later, he intercepted Derek Anderson of the Cleveland Browns for a game-sealing touchdown. At season's end, he was named to his third Pro Bowl after producing 68 tackles (53 solo), 2 forced fumbles and 8 sacks to go along with the 2 interceptions, a new career-high 9 pass break-ups and 2 touchdowns. During the 2008–09 NFL playoffs, Suggs recorded sacks in all three of the Ravens' post-season games, including two in the AFC Championship game against Ben Roethlisberger, whom Suggs sacked often over the years.

Suggs (right) and Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2006.

On February 18, 2009, he was once again given the Ravens' franchise tag.[11] On July 15, 2009 the Ravens signed him to a 6-year, $62.5 million contract.[12] His bonus money ($33.1 million) made him the highest paid linebacker in NFL history.

Suggs (55) pressures Ben Roethlisberger in 2006. Trevor Pryce is #90.

The 2009 season was not as productive for Suggs as he recorded a career-low in sacks with 4.5. Playing above his normal playing weight,[13] he also missed the first three games of his career due to injury after quarterback Brady Quinn dove at his legs after cornerback Chris Carr intercepted a pass.[14] In the wild Card playoff game against the New England Patriots, Suggs sacked and forced a Tom Brady fumble before recovering the ball on the Patriots' opening drive, helping the Ravens ultimately win 33–14.

In 2010,[15][16] Suggs compiled 68 tackles (53 solo), 11.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 pass deflections. In the play-off win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round, he made 4 tackles (all solo) and two sacks. Against the Steelers in the divisional playoff round, he recorded six tackles (5 solo), a career-high three sacks, and a forced fumble that was recovered and returned for a touchdown by fellow DE Cory Redding.

2011 season, Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

The 2011 season was one of Suggs' best. He was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl in Hawaii and to the 2011 All Pro Team. Additionally, he was awarded the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December, 2011 [17]

On January 16, 2012, it was announced that Suggs was named the Pro Football Weekly Defensive Player of the Year.[18] The very next day, he was also named the NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year, voted on by 101 national media members.[19]

On February 4, 2012, it was announced that Suggs was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011 season. Suggs had registered 14 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions during the 2011 campaign. He beat out second leading vote getter Jared Allen by 7 votes.[20]

2012 season, Super Bowl XLVII[edit]

After the conclusion of the 2011 season, Suggs was named #11 on the NFL Top 100 list for 2012. During the 2012 offseason, Suggs tore his Achilles tendon allegedly while playing basketball; though Suggs and his agent have claimed that he was hurt while doing conditioning workouts.[21] Owner Steve Bisciotti stated that it was no concern where he hurt it and the Ravens will not try to avoid paying him his contract.[22] Some medical experts believed that Suggs' injury should force him to miss the 2012 NFL season, but Suggs claimed he will return by November 2012.[23] On October 20th, 2012, Suggs was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, allowing him to play October 21 against the Houston Texans. Suggs has been the first player in the NFL to recover so quickly from such serious injury.[24] Suggs' return surprised many, as he finished the game with 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 pass defended, and 1 sack, less than 5 and a half months after having Achilles tendon surgery.

Suggs was key in the Ravens win over the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs with two sacks on Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning, after which, the Ravens advanced to New England in a rematch of the previous year's AFC championship game where they defeated the Patriots 28-13. The win gave Suggs his first ever AFC Championship and his first appearance in the Super Bowl, being Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, the Ravens won 34-31, earning Suggs his first Super Bowl ring.

2013 season[edit]

The 2013 season began very well for Suggs compared to the year prior. Within 12 weeks into the season, Suggs had registered 9.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. Overall in 2013, Suggs started all 16 games with 80 tackles, a fumble recovery, and 10 sacks. For his efforts, Suggs was elected to participate in the Pro Bowl (6th overall).

2014 season[edit]

On September 19, 2014, Suggs was fined $5,512 by the NFL for unauthorized apparel in which he wore a gladiator helmet during the pregame before the Week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. During the Ravens' week 12 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Suggs accounted for a sack against Saints quarterback Drew Brees. With the hit, Suggs became the 31st player in NFL history to register over 100 sacks,[25] and the first member of the Baltimore Ravens to achieve such a milestone.

NFL stats[edit]

2003 BAL 16 27 19 8 12.0 6 4 0 1 11 11 11 0 3
2004 BAL 16 60 45 15 10.5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2005 BAL 16 69 46 23 8.0 4 1 0 2 38 19 38 0 4
2006 BAL 16 65 47 18 9.5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
2007 BAL 16 80 52 28 5.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
2008 BAL 16 68 53 15 8.0 2 0 0 2 86 43 44 2 9
2009 BAL 13 59 44 15 4.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2010 BAL 16 68 53 15 11.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2011 BAL 16 70 50 20 14.0 7 0 0 2 9 5 9 0 6
2012 BAL 8 22 17 5 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 BAL 16 80 47 33 10.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 BAL 16 61 36 25 12.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 181 728 508 220 106.5 27 11 0 7 144 21 44 2 49



  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Legal troubles[edit]

Aggravated assault charge[edit]

In December 2003, Suggs was charged with Felony Aggravated Assault stemming from a March 2003 incident in Arizona. Reports accused Suggs of assaulting a man with a reinforced rod and attacking another man in the parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium after a basketball tournament. Suggs' brother was accused of hitting a man with a baseball bat in the same altercation.[27] His accuser Jeryme Cook stated that the fight began with words exchanged between Cook and Rico Suggs, the football player’s cousin, but they went their separate ways. Reports stated that Terrell Suggs later showed up courtside of a game that Cook and his friends Anthony Henrie and Casey Cothern were watching. Allegedly, Terrell Suggs held a baseball bat to his shoulder, and was with Rico Suggs, brother Donald Suggs and two other men. Cook stated that after exchanging words with Suggs he and his friends walked away, but the Suggs group kept following them around the tournament grounds and eventually to the parking lot, where Cook said he figured he was going to have to fight Rico Suggs. Cook stated that at one point Terrell Suggs handed his kid brother the baseball bat and said, "If anyone jumps in you swing the bat to kill, not to hurt". A witness stated that Donald Suggs then stuck the bat close to Cook’s face. Cook said he swatted the bat away with his hand, turned to calm Henrie, and then saw Terrell Suggs take a swing that broke his nose and cheekbone.[28] In June 2005, Suggs was acquitted of the charges. Juror Richard Tudor stated, "Charges could have gone either way on it, the case wasn't investigated enough to prove either way. It's supposed to be guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and they just couldn't prove that”. Suggs had faced a 5 year prison sentence if convicted.[29]

2009 domestic abuse allegations[edit]

In 2009 Suggs's girlfriend Candace Williams filed a complaint against Suggs alleging he threw a soap dispenser at her head, struck her in the chest with his hand and held a bottle of bleach over her and their 1 year old son.[30]

2012 domestic abuse allegations[edit]

In September 2012 Suggs was accused of punching and dragging his girlfriend Candace Williams beside his car, while his two children were inside. A temporary protective order was placed against Suggs.[31]

Court order to surrender firearms arsenal[edit]

An attorney representing Suggs confirmed that Suggs surrendered his arsenal of firearms to police which included an AK-47 and six other guns. The court order stemmed from a temporary protective order filed by his girlfriend Candace Williams on November 20, 2012.[32]

Cousin's arrest[edit]

On August 14, 2014 Phoenix police arrested Jalani Dehnay "John" Suggs the cousin of Terrell Suggs, charging him with aggravated assault and kidnapping. Reports state that on August 13 Phoenix police were called to a hospital regarding a woman who was seeking medical treatment and said she had been held against her will. The woman told police that Suggs and another man attempted to persuade her to become involved in prostitution and when she refused, she was physically assaulted. The victim said she was held at Suggs' house. Sgt. Steve Martos said the suspects also took her vehicle without her consent and refused to return any of her personal property. The victim told police that she was placed in the trunk of a Maserati parked in Suggs' garage. When she was let out of the trunk, she was held in a bathroom and beaten by Suggs until she lost consciousness three separate times, according to Martos. Suggs ultimately took her to the hospital, dropped her off and drove away. Martos said Suggs is a cousin of NFL player Terrell Suggs.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Suggs bought a 9,136-square-foot home at Pinnacle Peak Heights in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $3,495,000.[34]

Despite Suggs' rocky relationship with Candace Williams, the two were married on December 14, 2012.[35] The couple has two children together.

Ravens franchise records[edit]


  1. ^ Baltimore Ravens Career Defense Register - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  2. ^ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VCJF-PYR
  3. ^ Duffy, Mike (August 23, 2007). "NOTEBOOK: Chester Feeling Fine". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Walters, Charley (January 12, 2003). "TWINS SET SIGHTS ON PITCHER BALDWIN". Saint Paul Pioneer Press. 
  5. ^ Player Bio: Terrell Suggs – ARIZONA STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE. Thesundevils.cstv.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
  6. ^ Bell, Jarrett. (2003-04-15) Suggs out to show he has NFL stuff. Usatoday.Com. Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
  7. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.baltimoreravens.com/News/Articles/2011/04/Eisenberg_-_Immediately_Impactful_Rookies_Needed.aspx
  9. ^ Lee, Edward. (2010-12-23) Suggs closing in on pair of marks. baltimoresun.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
  10. ^ a b "Ravens franchise Suggs at LB; he says he should be DE". ESPN.com. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Ravens Place Franchise Tag on Suggs". Baltimore Ravens. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  12. ^ Terrell Suggs. Rotoworld.com (2009-07-15). Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
  13. ^ Terrell Suggs. Rotoworld.com (2009-07-15). Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
  14. ^ Terrell Suggs' agent blasts Brady Quinn for possible season-ending injury. cleveland.com. Retrieved on 2011-01-15.
  15. ^ ProFootballWeekly.com - AFC North 2010 season-in-review team reports
  16. ^ -http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/06/19/terrell-suggs-dominant-defensive-end/
  17. ^ "Suggs named Defensive Player of Month.". ESPN.com. 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  18. ^ "Suggs is Defensive Player of the Year.". ProFootballWeekly.com. 2012-01-016. Retrieved 2012-01-16.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  19. ^ "Suggs is NFL 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.". ABC2News.com. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  20. ^ Terrell Suggs beats out Jared Allen for Defensive Player of the Year Award, espn.go.com, February 4th, 2012, accessed February 4th, 2012.
  21. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Terrell Suggs hurt on basketball court, witnesses say". NFL.com - Around The League. NFL.com. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  22. ^ [1], nfl.com, June 8th, 2012, accessed June 17th, 2012
  23. ^ [2], nfl.com, May 2nd, 2012, accessed May 2nd, 2012
  24. ^ Baltimore Ravens activate Terrell Suggs for Sunday's game against Houston Texans - Baltimore Sun
  25. ^ Wilson, Aaron. (2014-11-25) Terrell Suggs reaches 100-sack milestone as Ravens pressure Drew Brees. baltimoresun.com. Retrieved on 2014-11-27.
  26. ^ "Terrell Suggs Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  27. ^ http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2003-12-10/sports/0312100229_1_suggs-ravens-phoenix
  28. ^ http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/article_ef2268b7-b58d-575e-b241-80bbaf47da71.html
  29. ^ http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/ravens/2005-06-29-suggs-acquitted_x.htm
  30. ^ "Ravens LB Raven Terrell Suggs gives up guns after domestic dispute, attorney says - CBS News". CBS News. 
  31. ^ Dicker, Ron (2012-12-07). "NFL Star Has Guns Taken Away". Huffington Post. 
  32. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/terrell-suggs-guns-ravens_n_2258111.html
  33. ^ http://www.azfamily.com/news/2-men-accused-of-beating-woman-who-refused-to-become-prostitute-271459601.html
  34. ^ "This week's priciest home sales around Phoenix". AZcentral.com. May 17, 2011. 
  35. ^ JUST MARRIED: Ravens Baller Terrell Suggs WEDS Candace Williams DURING Small Intimate Ceremony...After She Removed Protective Order | The Young, Black, and Fabulous
  36. ^ a b "Baltimore Ravens Defense Career Register". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 

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