By Steven Petrella
The Baltimore Sun
12:54 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
Terrell Suggs may miss part, or possibly all, of the 2012 NFLseason with a torn Achilles tendon, but the praise for his play in 2011 continues to roll in.
The Ravens linebacker has been nominated for the ESPY for Best NFL Player. He joins Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the ballot. The winner will be revealed July 11 during the 20th ESPYS.
The Arizona State product had 14 sacks a season ago and was named AP Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts. He started all 16 games for Baltimore, racking up 70 tackles, two interceptions and seven forced fumbles.
A defensive player has never won the ESPY for Best NFL Player, and Rodgers took home the trophy last year for helping Green Bay capture its first Lombardi Trophy since 1996. Nine quarterbacks, nine running backs and one wide receiver have won the award since its inception in 1993. No Raven has ever won the award.
Suggs encouraged fans to vote for him on his Twitter account Wednesday morning.
“@untouchablejay4: Just Found out I'm nominated for an ESPY for Best NFL Player! That's FYE!!! Thanks ESPYs. Need them votes now. Vote at http://ESPN.com/ESPY”
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