Terrell Suggs and Tom Brady haven't exactly gotten along so well over the years.
Suggs has been irritated at Brady's tendency to complain to officials when he doesn't receive calls he feels he deserves, and Brady isn't a fan of Suggs' propensity to talk trash - both in person and through the media.
With the Ravens and Patriots set to square off this Sunday in the AFC championship game, there's the possibility that things could get heated between Suggs - Baltimore's All-Pro outside linebacker - and Brady - the Pats' Pro Bowl quarterback.
But so far, at least, the individual rivalry between the two men has yet to show through.
Asked following yesterday's divisional round win about the quarterback he'll see on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, Suggs smiled and chose to take the high road.
"He's a great quarterback," Suggs said. "When it's all said and done, it's going to be Johnny (Unitas), him and Peyton (Manning), end of discussion. We've got a full week to prepare for them. I guess we just get to wait and see."
I joked with a fellow reporter that Suggs' comments might have been a little different if he had just put up a big game against the Texans. It's kind of hard to talk much trash just minutes after a game in which you failed to record a sack and didn't have a single quarterback hit.
For his part, Brady also spoke highly of Suggs and the Ravens during a radio appearance on WEEI in Boston this morning.
"The Ravens, they're the best team we've played all year," Brady said. "They present a ton of challenges in all three phases of the game. When you watch them, like you watched them yesterday, they're physical, they're tough, they can cover, they have some of the best players in the history of the NFL at their positions like Suggs, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata."
These two men have traded verbal barbs over the last couple seasons, with Suggs suggesting that Brady's three Super Bowl rings are "questionable" ("He's got the tuck rule incident and you got the videotaping of other teams' practices. It's like, oh, OK what's going on here?" Suggs said last year at this time) and Brady claiming that the Ravens "talk a lot for only beating us once in nine years."
There will be plenty more chances for the trash talk to get ratcheted up a notch prior to Sunday. We'll have to see if either Suggs or Brady decide to go down that road again.