Terrell Suggs’ 15th season ended much like his 13th and 14th – a trip home rather than a berth in the AFC playoffs. But in the immediate aftermath of Sunday evening’s 31-27 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens outside linebacker said retirement is not in his immediate future.
“I plan on playing football for a few more years,” he said in the locker room underneath M&T Bank Stadium. “Do you think I should quit?”
When a reporter replied, “No,” Suggs continued, “Alright. My body isn’t what is hurting right now. I plan on playing football next year and years to come.”
At 35, Suggs is the third-oldest player on the roster, trailing 37-year-old tight end Benjamin Watson and 35-year-old punter Sam Koch. But for the ninth time, he finished a season leading the defense in sacks, compiling 11 in 2017 and raising his franchise-leading total to 125½. He also led the team in forced fumbles with four.
But Sunday’s loss was a gut punch to Suggs and the rest of a defense that surrendered a 49-yard touchdown from Bengal quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receiver Tyler Boyd on fourth down-and-12. Suggs acknowledged that the outcome was the toughest regular-season one to absorb.
“Fifteen years as a Raven, I would have to say this one is the most devastating,” he said. “I will remember this one forever. It is very unfortunate. You will learn more from failure than you ever will from success. We just have to be better. We can’t put ourselves in this situation anymore. We will learn from this.”