If there ever was a time to mic up Terrell Suggs, Sunday’s match-up against the visiting San Diego Chargers would make for great television.
In one corner, you have the amped-up Suggs who loves to trash talk opposing quarterbacks. In the other corner, you have the fiery Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers who wears his emotions on his sleeves as we all have seen countless times over the years.
“I’ve had a little bit of an interaction [with him], nothing noteworthy,” Rivers stated earlier this week about the boisterous Suggs. “I hope not to have too much interaction with him, [because] that means he’s either laying on top of me or getting back there a lot. But he’s an awesome player.”
“It is always fun to play against him, just the competitor that he is, how tough he is. And he likes to have fun while he does it. There has been some interaction, like I said, over the years, and I was able to meet him over in the Pro Bowl once or twice. But [he’s a] heck of a player. He is still playing at a super high level. Watching him in some of his pass rush stuff he’s doing, he looks great. He’s still a staple for that defense.”
Like it or hate it, Suggs is an entertainer. Numerous times have we witnessed just how vocal he truly is on the football field. Whether it’s antagonizing opposing teams, opposing fans or even his own quarterback, he loves the hype.
“It’s been fun. It’s been very competitive – not too much disrespect.” Suggs replied when asked about his and Rivers’ affinity for on-the-field chatter.
“It’s been a lot of fun. Both teams are having some success this year, so I’m expecting it to be a little more intriguing. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to continue to be fun.”
Suggs, who has never really had any “bad blood” with Rivers like he’s had with a few other quarterbacks around the league, respects the veteran gunslinger.
“There’s really no relationship, but we do respect his competitive nature, his tenacity,” the veteran pass rusher remarked.
“Like I’ve said, I don’t like many quarterbacks in this league. Andy Dalton is one [I like], he’s another, and there’s a few more, but that’s about it.”
With a lot on the line for both teams come Sunday regarding playoff implications, all that could certainly change by the time the final whistle blows.
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