Some Hollywood actors are simply better at playing the villain than the hero.
On the football field, Terrell Suggs embraces that role with open arms.
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"You're naturally the villain when you go into an opponent's stadium, anyway," Suggs said, via ESPN.com. "You might as well not shy away from it. You might as well bask in it and enjoy it. I'm not supposed to be the opponent's favorite player. You're not supposed to like me. I don't play for you. I represent Ravens Nation. I just enjoy it."
''I think it was traditional Ravens-Steelers,'' Terrell Suggs said. ''Sometimes, you just play football, but sometimes things get a little excessive.'' Suggs is referring to the November 2, 2014 rout by the Steelers over the Ravens, 43-23. The real Terrell Suggs was on display. Attempting to move an immovable pile, a prime time audience saw Suggs identify an opportunity, target his landing spot and swiftly, powerfully drive his 280-pound frame into the back of Legarrette Blount's knees.
It was a dirty hit. It was a thug-like hit. Suggs should be ashamed of himself and I'm sure he made a lot of other players in and out of the NFL angry. He claims it was done through emotion and competition. The question is, what separates emotions from thug-like behavior?
That same emotional, competitive dirty player was on display against the Philadelphia Eagles last Saturday night. While other players were not holding up Eagles' QB Sam Bradford as they were with RB LeGarrette Blount, this time it was Suggs who dove for the front of Bradford's knees. Bradford had already handed off to RB Darren Sprowles, and was defenseless in stopping the designated hit man of the Ravens' defense.
Terrell Suggs says he understands the uproar in protecting quarterbacks. Suggs said "we don't want to damage them too much. It's the most valuable position on the field. You got to protect them. If we have anybody to blame, it's our own [general manager] Ozzie Newsome. He's on the competition committee. He helps put the rules in."
With Terrell Suggs, it is never his fault. His ex-wife found that out when he poured bleach on her in 2009.
Unless the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens meet in this year's playoffs, it is a Suggs-free zone. That is the eighth wonder of the world.
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire. .