The buzz around Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow might have died down a bit over the last couple weeks, but Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs still has Tebow on his mind.
Meeting with reporters today during his weekly press briefing, Suggs was asked about his chances of winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The three-time Pro Bowler gave an extended answer about putting team goals before individual ones, and then tossed the name of the ultra-religious Denver quarterback into the conversation.
"I pretty much will leave it in God's hands, leave it in Tebow's hands," Suggs said, eliciting a chorus of laughter from the assembled media. "We're going to leave it with the voters and all that and see where that lands."
After Suggs' press conference, he walked back toward the Ravens' locker room. I was a few feet behind him, still smiling about the Tebow reference.
Suggs turned around with a giant smile of his own planted across his face.
"That was good, huh?" he joked.
Meanwhile, Suggs' response to the Defensive Player of the Year question was actually an interesting one.
Despite posting a conference-best 13 sacks and a league-high six forced fumbles this season, Suggs says he hasn't thought about his standing when it comes to the NFL's top defensive award. As Suggs has mentioned numerous times throughout the season, his top objective this year is putting his team in position to win a Super Bowl, something which is certainly within reach with the Ravens currently holding the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
"I just ask myself how many Defensive Player of the Year - with the exception of (Packers cornerback) Charles Woodson - got Super Bowl rings," Suggs said. "I don't really (think about it) too much. I mean, it definitely would be an honor, but I'm in it for the overall No. 1 goal. At the end of the year, we'll see where we all land, and to add that along with some hardware (the Lombardi Trophy), I think that would be great. But if you ask me between the two, I'd rather take the hardware.
"There's a lot of guys this year that's out there playing phenomenal football. You can't deny what they're doing despite of what their team is doing."