Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is in the middle of his 14th season in the NFL and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is in the middle of his 13th season in the NFL. It goes without saying that they have had a lot of run-ins for almost a decade and a half in the AFC North.
Both players have faced off against each other three times in the playoffs including an AFC Championship game for the right to go to the Super Bowl. Both players know what it is like to hoist the Lombardi trophy. Both players plan on hoisting another Lombardi trophy but they have to face another at least one more time to in order to continue their quest. Roethlisberger knows what he is in for when Suggs is in the lineup and knows that 2011 defensive player of the year winner still has a lot left in the tank.
Suggs has battled through two different torn Achilles injuries and two different torn biceps injuries all in the last five seasons. He leads the Ravens in sacks with eight this year and he has been a big part of the turnaround that the Ravens have had on defense this season compared to last year.
At 34 years of age, Suggs continues to be the leader of the Ravens defense and is arguably the most important player on the unit. His leadership on and off the field as well as his game recognition has helped the Ravens defense close tight games late in the fourth quarter that the team lost on a consistent basis in 2015 with the Suggs on the field.