With all of the trash talk between rivals this week (OK, maybe it’s just the Jets), don’t think Terrell Suggs was going to be left out of the fun. Although, in this case, it wasn’t so much “talk” from Suggs as it was him delivering a message to the city of Pittsburgh.
Suggs sent his message when he stepped to the podium Wednesday wearing a controversial Pittsburgh-themed T-shirt. It read, “Hey Pittsburgh” at the top with a purple Raven below offering a one-fingered salute. Since this is a family site, we’ll forgo the link and just let you guess which finger.
Suggs claimed he wasn’t trying to flame the rivalry with the Steelers, even though that would seem to be exactly what he intended.
“Nah, there ain’t no message,” Suggs said. “Like I always say, I put it on for my city; they rep their city and I’m repping mine, so here we go.”
He added he didn’t expect any backlash in Pittsburgh, just the usual reception for what he called “the best rivalry in sports.”
“Do I seem worried? This game is going to be what it is regardless,” he said. “It’s a physical dogfight, so I ain’t expecting nothing different. And this is the shirt I wore this morning. This is just the shirt I chose.
“… I don’t care. I don’t play for them. I think they hate all of us just the same. If I get a little bit more, hey, that’s good.”
Suggs almost didn’t make it to the podium, per The Baltimore Sun, as Ray Lewis grabbed him in a bear-hug and tried to persuade him to change the shirt.
Total buzz kill, that Ray Lewis.