The effort behind Terrell Suggs’ candidacy for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year honor is beginning to gain steam. The outside linebacker’s teammates have publicly supported Suggs, who also earned a vote from Pro Football Talk after his one-sack, one-forced fumble performance in the Ravens' 24-16 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.
However, Suggs, who has collected 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions this season, repeated his assertion that an individual accolade would pale in comparison to the possibility of holding the Lombardi Trophy with his teammates.
“It’s always something that is good to be considered [for],” Suggs said Thursday. “It’s also good to win. Like I said, I’ve won some awards in the past – you know, high school and college. But at no level of my football career have I ever won a championship. I mean, it would be nice. It would definitely be an honor to win. But I would be more disappointed if we fall short. It’d be nice, but whoever wins it, everybody pretty much made their own case when they played and with their numbers – regardless of team record. I stand and play in this league, and that speaks for itself. Like I said, I would like to have it, but it doesn’t define my season whether I win it or not.”