By Monique Jones, The Baltimore Sun
8:44 PM EST, January 29, 2013
NEW ORLEANS —
Terrell Suggs didn't need a microphone. The booming voice from the Ravens outside linebacker was easily heard during the Super Bowl media day Tuesday.
Suggs embraced the wackiness often associated with media day, pulling his own antics during the hour-long session Tuesday morning at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Just a few questions into the interview, Suggs jumped up from his seat and asked, "We're good? I'm done?"
He left the podium and tried to ask teammate Ed Reed a question, but Suggs couldn't get through the crowd assembled for the Ravens safety. So he returned to his podium with a camera to record the media gathering in front of him.
The veteran linebacker seemed to embrace his first trip to the Super Bowl. In his 10th season, Suggs has spent his entire career with the Ravens, and the journey to Super Bowl XLVII is one he is celebrating.
"Well you know, it's been a long [road]," Suggs said. "You know what I mean? It's been a long 10 years, but I've been fortunate, you know what I mean, to have some success. … It's all been priceless, man. We've came close a few times, but to actually get here, it's very surreal. I'm really appreciating it. I'm going to enjoy this week and I'm going to take my time getting to Sunday."
Suggs was asked about everything from his favorite food to what it felt like when he was drafted by the Ravens instead of the Arizona Cardinals, who are located in his home state.
"I was disappointed because I did want to play at home, but it worked out better for everybody," Suggs said.
He took questions from teammate Arthur Jones and shouted to others as they walked by.
Flanked by Joe Flacco and Reed, Suggs could be heard interacting with media members and drawing laughs. When the conversation returned to football, Suggs took on a serious demeanor.
Suggs missed the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list while he recovered from surgery to repair a torn Achilles. On Oct. 21 he played his first game of the season, collecting four total tackles and one sack against the Houston Texans in the 43-13 loss.
As the Ravens were looking to bounce back at the end of the regular season, Suggs said he and his teammates faced a turning point when Ray Lewis announced his retirement after 17 seasons.
"We all focused ourselves and you know, the reality set in that we're not all going to play forever," said Suggs, who is 30. "We always say about [how] the window of opportunity is closing. That kind of got everybody's mind right to go on a run."
Now that the Ravens are facing their last game of the season, Suggs said he believes they can end the season with a victory.
"Because we've been there before," Suggs said. "All the tough games with a lot of great teams and a lot of the time we've been on the short end of those teams. I guess you learn from your mistakes. Good teams don't make the same mistake twice. We're on the other end of the coin this time."
After Suggs answered his last question, he grabbed the mic as if he was going to perform while people gathered and raised their phones to capture the moment.
Instead of freestyling a few lines, Suggs dropped the mic and walked off the stage.
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