3q interview
Making and Appreciating History
3q interview

Making and Appreciating History

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs on his White House visit, a Super Bowl what-if and Riley Cooper
(Simon Bruty/SI)

PETER KING: How did you like visiting the White House when the Ravens were hosted by the president in June?

TERRELL SUGGS: I loved it. Loved it. Because, you know, I’m a big history buff. I’m a big historian. Big JFK fan. I got to take a picture under the official JFK White House portrait. I loved it. I just love what he stood for.

KING: I want to ask you about one play in the Super Bowl, on the last San Francisco drive. Remember when they called a timeout? The timeout came in late, so they started to run the play, and it was going to be a run by Colin Kaepernick around the left side. Think they would have scored?

SUGGS: I still haven’t seen the whole game. I still haven’t watched it. But I know what play you’re talking about. They were in shotgun, and they were gonna run that sweep around our right side, to their left, and they called timeout. I don’t know what would have happened had they ran it. But I will say this [wide grin] … [pause] … It was a hell of a play call at that time. It was a good time to try to run it.

KING: How would this Ravens team have handled Riley Cooper?

SUGGS: Good question. I was just talking about this. I think it would all depend on our personal relationships with Riley. Let’s say Dennis Pitta [who is white] had said that here. Everybody knows I’m the biggest Dennis Pitta fan in the world. But had he said something like that, something so hateful and disgusting, I would probably resent him at first. But time heals all wounds, and I would eventually forgive him. ’Cause he’s my guy. I don’t have a personal relationship with Riley Cooper, so I don’t know what’s going on in their locker room. Whereas I’ve been with Dennis outside of this building. I know he’s the greatest guy in the world. We’re a pretty understanding and forgiving locker room.

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