You have consistently said that you cannot afford to think about your future after the Ravens' one-year franchise tag is lifted next offseason. How can you not think about that?
Because I'm 25 years old, I haven't had any injuries, I haven't missed a game in six years in this profession, and I can play football. If you can play, it overrides everything. So I'm not really worried about it. If they don't step up to the plate and do something, somebody else will. Ask the teams that I play if they want Terrell Suggs on their team. We play - what - 12 teams this year? I guarantee you all 12 will say, "We'd love to have him."
[Laughs.] That's the first time I've heard that. I don't know. If it was up to me, I'd be a Raven. I love it here. But if it's in the cards, if it's in the best interest for them to bring in a big-time receiver like him here and it works out, do it. But like I said, in my heart of all hearts, I bleed purple and black. I want to be here. Make no mistake about that.
You grew up in Chicago and St. Paul, Minn. Which city was colder?
I would say Chicago for the simple fact that you've got the wind and the wind chill factor. I would say Chicago, but they're both pretty cold. I was happy when we moved to Arizona. "Get us out of here." At first, I was a little skeptical because you've got your friends and everything, but I got over it quick.
Would you rather have a Super Bowl ring or a Hall of Fame bust?
A Super Bowl ring, for the simple fact that not everybody gets one of those. People get into the Hall of Fame every year. Super Bowl championships will last forever. I don't even know half of the people in the Hall of Fame.
You scored 26 touchdowns as a tailback in your senior year at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. Why did you make the switch to defense?
In high school, I only ran a 4.6 [in the 40]. There were guys coming in with me [at Arizona State] running 4.3s. I remember all three running backs - Michael Williams, Skyler Fulton and Derick Arnold - were faster than me. And I wasn't really too fond of college linebackers. I was like, "No, I'm not going to let these big dudes hit me." So I said, "I think I'm going to make the transition to defensive end." I just looked at it and it was the best move for me.
What can you tell me about "The 303"?
Who told you about that? Andrew Walter? That was our dorm room with Andrew Walter, who is a quarterback over there with the Oakland Raiders, and [wide receiver] Skyler Fulton. He played in Minnesota and Seattle for a while. He was actually my roommate. And there was another guy, [safety] Riccardo Stewart. We used to call ourselves "The 303 Boys." Everything good about college was associated with "The 303 Boys." We just really had a good time.
If you weren't playing football, what would you be doing?
I'm trying to get into movies. I really love movies. I just bought my little LLC [limited liability company] called Team Sizzle Entertainment. I'm trying to break into producing movies, writing screenplays, directing, maybe a little bit of acting, who knows? I'm working on a screenplay called Against All Odds, which is about teenagers and the changes they go through. It's a coming-of-age movie. Kind of John Hughes, but with a little more seriousness to it. It deals with more issues that teenagers go through these days.
If the film The Life of Terrell Suggs was being made, who would play the lead character and who would play the love interest?
Now we're getting into it. There's a guy who played in Step Up and Glory Road. [The actor is Damaine Radcliff.] I'd have him play me because of his big build and his ability to bring out a serious moment. My love interest would definitely be Persia White from Girlfriends. She's cute, and I love her little edge.
Who is the toughest offensive tackle you've tangled with?
Walter Jones [of the Seattle Seahawks]. He ran like a 4.6 coming out of college. He's just a freak of nature. Run blocking-wise, Willie Roaf [of the Kansas City Chiefs]. That's not including Jonathan Ogden. I can't be biased because he was on my team and I went against him every day. So if I couldn't say J.O., I'd say those two.
Who's the toughest quarterback to sack?
Vince Young. He actually stiff-armed me a couple of years ago. I've gotten Daunte Culpepper. I've hit Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, but I've never sacked those two. I've sacked Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, and they're the running quarterbacks.
about this series
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A; with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. The third part of this series is an interview with linebacker Terrell Suggs, whose two sacks against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday gave him 47 for his career. The Ravens are 10-0 when Suggs has two or more sacks. Suggs discusses the franchise tag, movies and the toughest quarterback to sack.