Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs have some history. Over the years, they've had words, usually precipitated by Suggs' frank assessment of just how he feels about Brady.
With the two teams set to meet this week, Brady spoke only in glowing terms of one of the Ravens' best players.
"He’s phenomenal," Brady said, via the Boston Globe. "He’s in his 12th year and looks like it’s his third year out there. He’s the leader of that defense. He makes great plays. I think that there is a play that’s called and then what he actually does. Even though he has a certain responsibility, if he sniffs it out, he takes a shot and goes for it. You may have contain, but he may rip it inside and try to make a play in the backfield. He’s just a smart player. We’ve played against him a bunch of times. He takes away a lot of stuff. I have a lot of respect for his ability to play the game at a high level."
When Suggs was apprised of Brady's remarks he was -- well, shocked.
"Say what?" Suggs asked reporters. "Did they record him? I'd love to see his face [when he said it]."
Here's how Suggs describes his relationship with Brady: It's the same that all defensive players have with quarterbacks. He's a quarterback; I'm a defender. He's got a job to do; so do I. So, there's naturally going to be some disagreements there."
The Ravens have played the Patriots well in the postseason, winning two of the last three matchups, all in Foxborough. But none of that matters heading into Saturday.
"They said it best: Nobody is worried about what happened in the past," Suggs continued. "All we're worried about is this game. At the end of the day, it's about football."