Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has played nine seasons, all of them with the Ravens.
That’s just a little bit more than half of Ray Lewis’ tenure with the organization, and the Suggs spoke Thursday of the 13-time Pro Bowler’s value to the franchise.
“If you have the opportunity to play seven years in this league, you’re very fortunate,” Suggs said. “What people don’t see, what people don’t understand is that he’s in his 16th year, and he’s still outplaying half the guys today – majority of the guys today, excuse me. Like I said, it’s a different persona when 52’s not in the middle, when 52’s not making the calls, or 52’s not lining us up. He’s definitely the leader. There’s nobody that’s put more blood, sweat and tears in this building and the Ravens organization than Ray Lewis. So he’s ‘The General,’ and he always will be ‘The General.’ I love the man like a big brother, and I always will. What he means to this team, there’s not a word in the dictionary that can actually describe it because he is the backbone, the heart and soul of our team.”