Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens
Age: 29 (Oct. 11)
9th season in pro football & with Ravens
College: Arizona State
Height: 6’3” Weight: 260
A star defensive end in college, registering 24 sacks in 2002, Suggs entered the NFL draft following his junior year and was chosen by the Ravens in the first round (10th overall) in anticipation of converting him into a pass rushing outside linebacker. He received Rookie of the Year honors in 2003 and had 10 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2004, but with a change in the defensive scheme Suggs was shifted to end in ’05. He received Pro Bowl recognition again in 2006 as he garnered 9.5 sacks as a hybrid DE/OLB. Always a fine pass rusher, he showed improvement in coverage and against the run. Following an off-year in 2007 in which he again was returned to outside linebacker, he regained Pro Bowl form in ’08. A knee injury hindered Suggs in 2009 but he came back with an 11-sack Pro Bowl season in 2010.
2011 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]
Sacks – 14 [5, tied with Aldon Smith]
Most sacks, game – 3 vs. Pittsburgh 9/11, vs. San Francisco 11/24, vs. Indianapolis 12/11
Multi-sack games – 3
Interceptions – 2
Most interceptions, game – 1 at Tennessee 9/18, at Pittsburgh 11/6
Int. yards – 9
Most int. yards, game – 9 at Pittsburgh 11/6
Int. TDs – 0
Fumble recoveries – 0
Forced fumbles – 7
Tackles – 52
Assists – 23
Postseason: 2 G
Sacks – 0
Interceptions – 0
TD – 0
Awards & Honors:
NFL Defensive Player of the Year: AP
1st team All-NFL: AP, PFWA, Pro Football Focus, Sporting News
Ravens went 12-4 to finish first in the AFC North while leading the conference in sacks (48) and fewest rushing yards allowed (1482). Won AFC Divisional playoff over Houston Texans (20-13). Lost AFC Championship to New England Patriots (23-20).
An offseason Achilles injury sidelined Suggs for the first six games of the 2012 season, although he returned for the second half of the year and the playoff run to the Super Bowl, if at reduced effectiveness. In 2013, he played in every game and reached double digits in sacks for the fifth time with 10, and was rewarded with a sixth Pro Bowl selection. Through the first 11 years of his career, Suggs accumulated 94.5 sacks and seven interceptions.
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