OWINGS MILLS — It remains to be seen if Canton will come calling one day for Baltimore Ravens five-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
However, the athletic gear that he donned last season while earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors has already arrived at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Suggs’ helmet, purple jersey, cleats, pants and socks are now on display at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
"We appreciate Terrell and the Ravens sending these mementos to us," Pro Football Hall of Fame curator Jason Aikens said. "This helps us achieve our mission of preserving the game’s great history and the players who’ve made an impact on the game."
Suggs recorded a career-high 14 sacks last season and set a franchise record with seven forced fumbles, also intercepting two passes for the Ravens’ second-ranked defense.
He garnered 21 of 50 votes from an Associated Press balloting to beat out Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen for the Defensive Player of the Year award, which has previously been won by Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis twice and free safety Ed Reed once.
Among the previous members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award since it was initiated in 1971: Alan Page (1971), Joe Greene (1972, 1974), Mel Blount (1975), Jack Lambert (1976), Lee Roy Selmon (1979), Lawrence Taylor (1981, 1982, 1986), Mike Singletary (1985, 1988), Reggie White (1987, 1998), Bruce Smith (1990, 1996), Cortez Kennedy (1992), Rod Woodson (1993), and Deion Sanders (1994).
"Terrell Suggs is a premier player," coach John Harbaugh said last season. "He’s one of the best players in the NFL. He’s one of the premier defensive players that everybody game-plans around. He gets blocked every different kind of way a guy can get blocked.
"He still finds a way to make plays. Plus, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve been around. This guy is one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever been around. He’s part of the heart and soul of our team and our defense."