Suggs says Ogden should be “shoe-in” for Hall of Fame

January 29, 2013 | WNST Staff



(on reaching the Super Bowl) “It feels pretty good. I get a lot of home-cooked meals at home, but for some reason the food tastes a little bit better this time around, particularly down here in New Orleans.”


(on the home cooked meals) “It was very nice. It was very nice. You know, she didn’t have to. We’re all just happy to be able to come down to New Orleans and play in the last football game of the year.”


(on keeping a low profile in the media this week) “Pretty much. I’m going to talk to you guys with the obligated time that I’m supposed to talk to you guys, and then I’m going to keep my focus on it. You see my man back here has my clock. Y’all are allotted a certain amount of time and I’m going to stick to that.”


(on any impromptu trips around the city this week) “Maybe I have to wait and see. Nothing I do is scripted so you have to wait and see what I come off the noggin with, when I come off the top.


(on Joe Staley) “Solid, very good offensive tackle. I think he’s really underrated, but he was a Pro Bowler this year so I think he finally gets his just due. He came down to Baltimore last year and I had a little bit of a hard time with him.”


(on what makes Joe Staley a great player) “You want my personal opinion? I think he has fun playing football. When we were out there, we had some conversations, both football and non-football related in the middle of a game and that’s the kind of player I am. You know me, just like to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing and that’s the kind of player he is.”


(on last year’s team) “You know, last year we felt we had a really good chance at making it to the Super Bowl, and I thought, ‘This is what a Super Bowl team looks like,’ but then I was reminded in New England that you don’t know what a Super Bowl team looks like because you’ve never been there. However, through everything we’ve been through this year, all my injuries, missing the first six games and the guys we lost throughout the year and losing three games down the stretch, it’s just, a lot of things happened. I was just like, ‘Well, if this is a Super Bowl team, this is one hell of a team.’ You know what I mean? We’re here and it almost doesn’t count. You don’t just want to make it to this point.”


(on his name for the defense this season) “I don’t know, I don’t have a word. We’ve had defenses that you guys have given names to, like the ‘Organized Chaos Deacons,’ but you know, that defense doesn’t have a ring. This defense has the opportunity to get one. I’m going to stick with my previous quotes; ask me on February 4th.”


(on the first thing he thought about when he heard about Ray Lewis’ retirement) “They told us in the team meeting that we would have him back for the playoffs and it was like, ‘Okay, here we go.’ He always talks to the team before the game, the middle of the season and going into the playoffs. I thought it was another day at the office, ‘Let’s get ready for the playoffs,’ but he said some key words. It struck me. He said maybe it was time to start doing something else and it just kind of puzzled me and then it hit me. It really focused our team. It really focused our team, not only to get it done for him, but just how precious this time and these moments are. You don’t get these opportunities every day.”


(on President Obama’s comments about football safety) “I respect it for the simple fact that this is a very physical and dangerous sport that we play, especially considering that with the concussions and the current findings of Junior Seau, a parent would be reluctant (to let) his or her child play football. I think if you play the game right and you play it appropriately, that injuries are a part of the game.”


(on if he would let his son play football) “Absolutely, but it would have to be his choice. Football isn’t for everybody. If my son Duke decided and came to me and said, ‘I want to play football,’ then I would let him play, most definitely.”


(on the dangers of football) “I don’t play with fear. I don’t think about the game like that for the simple fact that I’ve been playing this game since I was 7 years old. The way we play, it comes with the territory. Every man knows what we’re signing up for. If my son decided he wanted to play football I would respect his decision and just caution him to play the game correctly and to do things according to technique.”


(on people referring to the Ravens as a team of destiny) “I don’t know, I think that’s something that you guys came up with. You can’t say a team is a team of destiny until they get it done. Like I said, we won’t accept that moniker until February 4th, if we have taken care of business.”


(on Colin Kaepernick) “I like him. I like the way he plays, you know what I mean? You have to like those kinds of quarterbacks that’s exciting. I think he’s good for the game, him and Robert Griffin III. I like his game, but come February 3rd, he’s my opponent. Hopefully, he’s not doing too much, he’s not giving us too much of Colin Kaepernick.”


(on his perception of Ray Lewis when entering the NFL) “Oh yeah, oh yeah. I thought Ray Lewis was 6-foot-6, 275 pounds all muscle and first things first; I did a commercial with him before I even got drafted to the Baltimore Ravens. I was like, ‘Oh, you’re not that tall.’ It’s just something about the guy. If you’re a defensive player or a football player, you’re going to like Ray Lewis whether you’re offense, defense; you need him on the field. We did a commercial, a draft day commercial and we had so much fun. He was like, ‘Alright now youngin’, you might fall to us, me.’ Me, being the naïve 20-year-old that I am, I’m like, ‘What pick are y’all?’ He’s like, ‘We pick 10th,’ and I was like, “No way I’m going that far down the line.’ Low and behold, the Arizona Cardinals traded out of the pick. Thank y’all for that, I appreciate that. With all my heart, thank you. The Arizona Cardinals traded out of the pick and when the ninth pick came, I was just like, ‘Wait a minute.’ Then, my phone started ringing. Low and behold, it was Art Modell and then Ozzie Newsome. Then, I got a call, probably about 20 minutes after they mentioned my name, from the great (No.) 5-2. He said, ‘I told you rook. I can’t wait to see you in camp.’ The rest is history.”


(on how Ray Lewis has affected his career) “It affected me a lot, for the simple fact that I’ve been his teammate for 10 years. I’ve never played a season without him. I sat next to him for 10 years. Ten years and then big brother telling me it’s time for him to move on and be the father that he always wanted to be to his children. It’s special for them, but it’s kind of a sad day for me. Right now, I’m going to enjoy it while I have him. I have my general still, and we still have one more football game to play. It just so happens to be on the biggest stage in the world.”


(on Rex Ryan’s future with the Jets) “I can’t really comment on Rex. All I can really say is I love the man to death. He’s one hell of a football coach. He’s a hell of a football coach. Even if it is his last year as the New York head coach, it won’t be his last year as a coach and it damn sure won’t be his last year as a head coach. He’s a players’ coach. He’s a real coach. I wish him all the best. I hope things turn around for him except when he plays the Baltimore Ravens.”


(on Jonathan Ogden’s Pro Football Hall of Fame bid) “He’s probably one of the hands-down, top-three left tackles to ever play this game. If he’s not a shoe-in, I’d be surprised. I want to extend my congratulations to Jonathan Ogden right now. It may be a little premature, but I hope he gets in.”


(on Vic Fangio) “He’s a wise guy. He’s a good fella. You know what I mean? We have a lot of history with Vic. He was the linebackers coach here, and we always thought he was going to be our next coordinator when Greg Madison left, but he went to San Fran. We love Vic. We have a lot of love for him. Hopefully come February 3rd, we won’t have too much love for him.”