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Terrell Suggs on Ray Lewis, Feeling Better, and How Long He Plans on Playing

Terrell Suggs suddenly is the grizzled vet on a team that is trying to get young and stay competitive at the same time. They came close last year to winning the division if not for a last second letdown in Pittsburgh on Christmas Day to the Steelers.

Now Suggs, who is going to be 35 a month into the season, is thinking about his career and his mortality on the football field, and in a recent interview spoke to Michael Silver about eventually walking away, but about feeling better than he has in recent years when he’s been battling injury.

Here’s a quick part of the interview.

Suggs, however, says he’s not filling the void left by the departures of future Hall of Famers Lewis (who retired after the Super Bowl XLVII victory over the 49ers) and safety Ed Reed (who spent 2013 with the Texans and Jets before calling it quits).

“It can’t be filled,” Suggs says. “You can’t just call them greats; those are football gods. You’ll never get another one of them. You can get imitations, you can get people that are similar to them, but they were so unique. Their off-the-field intensity matched their on-the-field intensity. That void can’t be filled. I just try to be Sizzle.”

Whether 2017 will be Suggs’ final season in Baltimore — or final season, period — remains to be seen.

“I don’t know how long I’ll play,” he says. “I don’t want to cap it. But I also don’t want to be na├»ve and be like, ‘Yo, I’m gonna play ’till I’m 40’… and be out there trying to f—- pass rush.

“I do know this — everybody that comes here from other teams, they tell me, ‘Sizz, you’ve been on one team for 15 years. Not only is that impressive, but that’s rare. It’s crazy that you’ve never had to pack up your family and move.’ I’m getting a notion of how important that is. It’s nice to know.”

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