If you were hoping for Terrell Suggs to fire a few shots at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prior to this weekend’s AFC championship game, you might enter Sunday afternoon disappointed.
Suggs chose to take the high road when asked about Brady following last Sunday’s win over the Texans, and that script remained the same today.
Questioned about the Pats signal caller, with whom he’s had issues in the past, Suggs smiled.
“No, there’s no beef,” Suggs said today. “I guess (the) genesis of that, it was the incident in ‘09, where I almost hit him below the waist. I’ve gotten over it. That’s where it started, but you grow and mature. As you all can clearly see, I am not the same guy I was back in ‘09. I’m definitely 20 pounds lighter, too. We had a lot going on that year.
“Like I said, I’m pretty much over it. I respect him. Like I said before, I said it (Sunday), when it’s all said and done, they’re going to speak about three quarterbacks: Johnny U, Peyton (Manning) and him. There’s really no beef.”
Actor and Baltimore native Josh Charles has dubbed Sunday’s contest the “Suggs vs. UGGs” game because Brady endorses UGG boots. Given a chance to mock Brady and the boots, which are typically worn by women, Suggs again steered away from doing so.
“I heard they’re really comfortable,” Suggs said. “Maybe he can get me some. I’ll take some. I’ll send him some Ball So Hard gear.”
While Suggs’ relationship with Brady is well-documented, he’s not the only member of the Ravens defense that has a history of some kind with the Patriots’ signal caller.
Back in Week 1 of 2008, when he was a member of the Chiefs, Bernard Pollard hit Brady’s legs in an attempt to bring him to the ground. The hit resulted in Brady tearing his ACL, ending his season before it really got started.
On Sunday, Pollard will again square off against Brady at Gillette Stadium, the site of the hit that in many ways changed the way the league protects quarterbacks.
“It’s going to be interesting, but it’s football,” Pollard said. “You can’t control what happens on that field. At any time, at any second, something bad can happen. You guys (saw), a couple years ago, that’s what happened. And that’s what happens in this game every week. Somebody goes down, it just so happened to be Tom Brady, and everybody made a big deal about it.”
Since Pollard’s hit, the NFL has instituted a rule which makes it illegal for a defender to lunge at a quarterback’s knees. You’ve heard of it, I’m sure; it’s often called “The Brady Rule”.
Echoing a statement he’s made multiple times throughout the season, Pollard said that he won’t let rules affect the way he’s going to play on Sundays, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the ball-carrier to the turf.
“You’re going down there, they’re taking change out of your pockets. A lot of people are not trying to do that, but at the end of the day, you’ve got a second to think about how you’re going to tackle somebody. A lot of people don’t think about that. You have a second. You can’t run around playing, because that’s when you get yourself hurt. We’re conscious of what they’re trying to do, we’re conscious of the rules they’re putting in, but at the end of the day, we’re going to play football. With us, we’re looking to get a win. We’re going to go tackle.”