Terrell Suggs says it's a blessing that the Arizona Cardinals passed on drafting him in 2003. 'T-Sizzle' tells Jody Oehler it was necessary for him to go to Baltimore and join the Ravens and grow.
"I don't think I would have had the same career. I was really young, I was 20 years old. I was very unaware of the world I was entering and how to be a professional. I was able to learn all of that by going away from home and being under Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and all those veterans there. There were veteran guys and they kind of molded me into the vet I am today."
Suggs says the Ravens gave him a "handsome offer" but it was "time to come home" during his Cardinals introductory press conference. The seven-time Pro Bowler says he would only consider playing in Arizona over Baltimore where he won a Super Bowl in 2012. Suggs signed a one-year, $7-million-dollar deal with the Cardinals.
The Arizona State product is tied for 13th all-time with 132.5 career sacks. Suggs says moving up the career sacks list is "kinda important," but is more concerned in helping the Cardinals earn more W's following a 3-13 season. In his final season at ASU, Suggs racked up 24 sacks and won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award. He played his high school ball at Hamilton in Chandler.
LISTEN to his entire interview with Jody Oehler and hear the origin of his nickname 'T-Sizzle'.