A throng of reporters and cameramen waited in front of his locker this afternoon, anxiously anticipating a quote or quip that would liven up the Super Bowl rhetoric.
The old Terrell Suggs would have loved this opportunity. This year's version, however, turned the corner in the Ravens' locker room, surveyed the scene and emitted an audible groan.
For Suggs, it was a chance to reflect on a decade in the NFL where he had never before reached this point. It was a chance to revel in his own perseverance, to remind everyone why he worked so hard to return from a preseason Achilles tendon injury and an in-season biceps tear. It was a chance to morph back into the trash-talking and fun-loving player who had no problem providing bulletin-board material and antagonizing the opposition.
Suggs did none of that Friday, refusing even to acknowledge that he takes extra satisfaction in the Ravens making it to the Super Bowl while he fought through significant injuries to remain on the field.
"None, not yet," he said. "Ask me that question on February 4."