OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Although the end of the NFL lockout put Terrell Suggs' movie-making career on hold, the Baltimore Ravens linebacker is a smash hit at what he does best: chasing quarterbacks.
He is the Ravens' career sack leader and reigning AFC defensive player of the week after his performance Sunday against Pittsburgh. Suggs collared Ben Roethlisberger three times and forced two fumbles in a 35-7 victory.
Suggs now has 71.5 career sacks, surpassing Peter Boulware for most in franchise history. At the end of the season, a game ball commemorating his accomplishment will be placed at the players' entrance of the team complex.
It's very flattering because that's one of the few things you see when you walk into the building, the all-time leaders of the organization,'' Suggs said Wednesday.I'm honored that my name gets to go up there.''
Who knows, one day someone might make a movie out of his career - maybe even Suggs himself.
The 28-year-old linebacker- who has dozens of DVDs in his locker - is a serious filmmaker. He even has his own production company, Team Sizzle Worldwide, which has produced three short films. When he retires, the four-time Pro Bowl star might consider making a major motion picture.
But there is no question where his priorities are at the moment.
When asked whether he gets a bigger thrill from sacks or wrapping up a movie, Suggs replied, ``Sacking a quarterback. I'm a football player first.''
His focus is squarely on making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.
Maybe in a couple of years it will be different,'' Suggs said,but right now football is still my No. 1 love outside of God and my family.''
That's bad news for Tennessee quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who Sunday will be the target of Suggs and a Baltimore defense that shut down Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
Suggs is emerging as the next leader of the dominant Ravens' unit.
He often addresses the team before the game to provide an inspirational talk. Veterans Ray Lewis and Ed Reed provide most of the leadership in the huddle, but Suggs appears to be the heir apparent.
Ray is the general, Ed is the lieutenant and I'm the captain,'' Suggs said.Yeah, Captain Suggs. I like it.''
Suggs' forte is skirting around offensive tackles and harassing a quarterback, but that's only a part of the overall package known by his teammates as ``T-Sizzle.''
Terrell Suggs is multi-faceted. He's gets to the quarterback. He's one of the premier pass rushers, no doubt about it,'' Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.He's also a great run player, he drops in coverage, he plays screens. He does a little something on special teams every now and then. He's one of the most well-rounded players in the National Football League.''
Opposing quarterbacks hate Suggs, but his teammates love him for reasons that go far beyond his playmaking ability.
Terrell is one of the most entertaining people I've ever been around,'' linebacker Jarret Johnson said.He is exactly what people think. No, he's a lot more. People see him as a character and a good player and all that. He is all those things. But he's also a great teammate, a great friend, very dependable. I've never been around anybody who cares about his teammates and their actions more than Terrell does.''
And certainly few people in the game today are more efficient at getting to the quarterback than Suggs, Baltimore's No. 1 draft pick in 2003 as a mere 20-year-old.
Seems like every year he hits double-digits in sacks,'' Ravens defensive end Cory Redding said.Dudes really have to look out for him. Quarterbacks really have to find him on the field. They have to account for this guy, because if they don't he's going to put the quarterback on his back.''
Suggs' victims don't just get a mouthful of turf. They also receive an earful of Suggs.
Great trash-talker,'' Redding said.That's another skill that he has that he pulls out of the bag every now and then. Terrell, he lives for the moments. That's what makes him unique.''