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Suggs Named NFL Defensive Player of the Year

Terrell Suggs has joined his future Hall of Fame teammates in an elite class.

Suggs was named the Associated Press 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, joining Ray Lewis and Ed Reed as the three Ravens who have won the award.

The award was presented Saturday night as part of the “NFL Honors” awards show in Indianapolis in the buildup to the Super Bowl.

He was selected by a nationwide panel of 50 media members. He earned 21 votes, seven more than second-place finisher Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings.

Suggs marks the fourth time that a Ravens player has won the award in the lasts 12 seasons, more than any other team in the NFL during that stretch. Lewis won the award in 2000 and 2003 and Reed won it in 2004.

Suggs shined on a Ravens defense that was one of the best in the league, finishing the season ranked as the third best unit overall and second-best against the run.

The other players receiving votes were DE-DT Justin Smith of San Francisco, DE Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants, linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman of San Francisco and Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson.

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