Terrell Suggs is at the end of a long career terrorizing NFL quarterbacks. Suggs spent the majority of that career as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. But now he finds himself as a part of the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite not quite being the same player he was in his prime, Suggs has an opportunity to set one NFL record that’s rather impressive.
But what is that record?
Terrell Suggs career overview
Suggs played his college football at Arizona State University. After a stellar collegiate career, the Baltimore Ravens drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s been an absolute monster on the defensive line. Here’s a summary of his career achievements up until this point:
- 244 games played
- 139 sacks
- 630 solo tackles
- 37 forced fumbles
- Winner of the 2003 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
- Winner of the 2011 AP Defensive Player of the Year
- Seven-time Pro Bowl selection
- One-time All-Pro selection
The apex of Suggs’ career came in the 2012-2013 season. Suggs led an intimidating Ravens defense as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl that year.
Terrell Suggs is on his way to the Hall of Fame
Pro Football Reference prepares similarity scores. These show what players another player’s career most closely resembles to put their statistics in context. Here are some of the players Suggs compares favorably to:
- Rickey Jackson
- Ted Hendricks
- Nick Buoniconti
- Takeo Spikes
- Hardy Nickerson
- Chris Hanburger
- London Fletcher
It’s worth noting that four of those players are enshrined in Canton as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s a good bet Suggs will one day join them.
Over almost nearly two decades, Suggs has come to become one of the faces of the Ravens. But as of last season, all that changed.
Terrell Suggs’ path to Kansas City
After parting with the Ravens during last year’s offseason, Suggs signed with the Arizona Cardinals. It was certainly an odd sight for many Baltimore fans seeing Suggs in the red and white. It was an attempt by Suggs to play closer to home and his alma mater, ASU.
As surprising as Suggs’ decision to go to Arizona was, it was even more surprising when the Cardinals released Suggs in December. Suggs had signed a two-year, $10 million deal in Arizona.
With Suggs now a free agent, he was free to go to a contender, which is exactly what he did, signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. But according to Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Suggs wasn’t being brought in as just a situational player. They planned to use him as much as possible:
“We’ll use him wherever we can,” Spagnuolo said. “It’s not going to be, ‘Hey, you’re only going in on third down.’ Where he can help us, he’ll help us. We’ll put him in there.”
One impressive NFL record Terrell Suggs is about to set
Now that Suggs has an opportunity to play for one more ring, he also has a unique chance to set a fairly impressive record: the NFL record for postseason sacks. In 18 career postseason games, Suggs has 12.5 sacks. Suggs is behind both Bruce Smith (with 14.5 sacks) and Willie McGinest, with 16 sacks. Smith accomplished his total in 20 games while it took McGinest only 18.
At this stage of his career, Suggs isn’t likely to total four sacks in one game, so if Houston defeats the Chiefs next week, he’s not likely to get it. But the Chiefs are a dangerous threat to play deep into the playoffs and possibly go to the Super Bowl. Four sacks over three games is an achievable goal for the star pass rusher, which means Terrell Suggs could soon be the king of NFL postseason sacks.