A few minutes with Terrell Suggs

As one of the more fun-loving players in the NFL, you never know what Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs will say in an interview. We got a chance to sit down with him during a visit to NFL Network studios Friday and talked about a number of things, including the new Arizona State uniforms, his teammate Tom Zbikowski‘s boxing career, and his rival Hines Ward‘s performance on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs poses for a portrait at the NFL Network studios on Friday, April 15. (Alix Drawec/NFL)

As a proud Arizona State guy, how do you feel about the football helmets losing “Sparky the Sun Devil?”

TS: I don’t like it, but I do like the new uniforms. It’s a good take. I like the pitchfork.

Did you pitch that idea to them?
TS: No, I didn’t. But it’s a good job. I wish I had. Or, I would’ve made “Sparky” a little more ferocious.

People love you on Twitter, but what is up with your account being locked?
TS: I locked it like a year ago. All you’ve got to do is just ask. Request, and I’ll add you. It’s funny when I get a lot of Steelers fans, a lot of Patriots fans. I like to have fun on my Twitter.

How do you deal with those other fans when they tweet trash to you?
TS: Some fans are really good sports, and we just have a good time. But some people get, you know, out of hand. So that’s when I just go ahead and click “block.”

How cool do you think it is these days that fans can interact with athletes on Twitter?
TS: I think it’s awesome when it’s used the right way. But you also come across those fans who get totally out of hand with it. But at the same time, it’s nice that fans can see that we’re human beings, not just superheroes that people paint us out to be.

How about the Twitter wars that go on between players? You like that aspect of what it brings?
TS: Yeah, if it’s fun. Especially if it’s something Chad (Ochocinco) says to you, adding fuel to the fire. He’s a really good sport about it. Others take it too personally.

Hey, your boy Tom Zbikowksi is getting it done in the ring lately. You impressed with him?
TS: I love it. He’s getting it done. We want to see him in a more challenging fight, though. But he’s doing what he’s supposed to do. He always messes with us, trying to show us moves in the locker room. I almost went to sleep one time sparring with him. He’s a really awesome dude, really talented. Can’t wait to see him fight some more.

Not that you actually would, but if you did put on the gloves and fight him, how many rounds could you last?
TS: If I could last through the first four rounds, he’d be in trouble because I outweigh him by a whole person. So, you know, I think if I could get that far, I’d probably win. But those first four wouldn’t be easy.

Besides you, who is the loosest, goofiest guy on the Ravens?
TS: Haloti Ngata. Hands down Haloti. He’s a really big kid. Now, he’s an animal on the field. But off the field, me and him are two peas in a pod. He loves life and loves to have fun.

I’ve got to ask you at least one serious football question. How do you feel about Joe Flacco and his progression after Year 3 and moving forward, hopefully getting you guys to the Super Bowl?
TS: I like that Joe is maturing. He was expected to do that because of his success in the first year anyways. I just love that he’s been winning some playoff games, won more than he’s lost. He’s at the head of it, but as a team we just need to get over that rivalry hump to compete for a Lombardi.

“Rivalry hump.” You must be talking about the Steelers. Speaking of which, how do you think Hines Ward has performed on “Dancing with the Stars?”
TS: I haven’t really caught too many episodes of that, but from what I hear he’s doing a good job. Tell him just don’t get used to it. So when he comes back, he’s gonna deal with us. And we look forward to dealing with him.

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