But this week, Suggs has zipped it. He says he has matured. And after making it clear in recent weeks that his only focus is the Lombardi Trophy, he wants his play Sunday to speak for itself.
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Brady has shown the Ravens respect, too. On Monday, he told WEEI that the Ravens are the best team the Patriots have faced this season. He said the Ravens have "some of the best players in the history of the NFL at their positions, in Suggs and Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Haloti Ngata." And Wednesday, he shot down a question from a Patriots reporter about his rivalry with Suggs.
"The comments that guys make really has no bearing or impact on this game nor will it," said Brady, who threw six touchdown passes in New England's divisional round win against Denver.
But Suggs getting to Brady will. In Baltimore's four losses this season, Suggs has one total sack. And in the team's past four games, including the 20-13 win over Houston, he has just one sack.
Brady, a spokesman for designer UGG boots, joked Monday that he would send Suggs a few pairs to soften him up before the game. Asked about that Wednesday, Suggs refused to bite on the bait.
"What's that mean? He wears UGG boots?" he said. "I heard they are really comfortable. Maybe he can get me some. I'll take some. I'll send him some Ball So Hard gear, Ball So Hard T-shirts."
Reporters from Baltimore to Boston and beyond, hoping for another round of juicy sound bites from Suggs, surely sighed after hearing his response. But you have to figure that after Sunday's game, Suggs is going to have something noteworthy to say about that pretty boy from up north.