Six Time Pro Bowler & 2013 Super Bowl Champion, Terrell Suggs, has made a name for himself in the National Football League as one of the most talented, passionate and feared defensive players to ever play the game. Expectations are set at an all-time high in the NFL, especially in the case of Terrell Suggs, the star linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens. This hard-hitting, force to be reckoned with has earned just about every award an NFL athlete can win, exceeding expectations and making him one of the best linebackers to ever play the game, affording him the title of 2011 NFL Defensive Player of The Year. A beast on the gridiron, a philanthropist, businessman, film producer and entertainer off the field, this over-achiever continues to excel at his long list of crafts, and his undeniable success has taken the world by storm.
Terrell, affectionately called “T-Sizzle,” was selected 10th in the first round of the 2003 NFL draft, and in his first season he was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Terrell’s career in the NFL was his game plan since the day his father signed him up for his first football team at the tender age of 10. Terrell knew from a very young age, that the only way to achieve the dreams and goals he had for himself was to “dominate everything,” and he did just that. While attending Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, Terrell lettered not only in football, but also basketball and track during his high school career. He was selected for the All-American team and was named Arizona Player of the Year by USA Today. Terrell went on to attend Arizona State University, where he broke the school, conference and NCAA single-season records with 24 sacks in 2002. Suggs was known as one of the most dominating pass rushers in the history of college football and made the decision to enter the NFL Draft after his junior season.
Terrell’s endeavors off the field rival his achievements on the field. He’s a fixture within the Raven’s community efforts and has participated in fan forums, autograph signings, and on-field football skills challenges. In his hometown of Chandler AZ, Terrell provided uniforms, cleats and gloves to the Hamilton HS football program to show his appreciation for where it all began. He also sponsors a youth basketball team “Team Sizzle” in Baltimore; providing everything from equipment to travel and registration costs. Terrell not only financially backs Team Sizzle, but makes sure to give the members of the team guidance and also has a minimum GPA requirement to ensure that the kids are focused on their school work first and foremost. In addition to lending his time and likeness to the community, Terrell holds a celebrity weekend to support the William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund Inc. The event is held to increases awareness, education, treatment availability and research for sickle cell, and brings hope to families affected by the devastating disease. Terrell plays a major role in the success of this foundation and recruits celebrities across the country to join in and give support to the cause.
A lifelong movie buff, Terrell has parlayed his passion for film and the entertainment industry into TeamSizzle Productions; a thriving film production company. His films have been screen a film festivals around the world including a short film called “When Beautiful People Do Ugly Things”, which was showcased at the famed Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His past projects have been featured at numerous film festivals; hailing rave reviews, awards and accolades. Suggs knows that success comes from an undying work ethic and to that avail; has appeared on numerous television networks, including ESPN, NFL Network, CBS, WNST, SPIKE, and FX, among others. From the set of the FX hit show, The League to ESPN’s “Rome is Burning,” to the red carpet of the ESPY Awards, and presenting at the Sports Illustrated “50 Years Of Beautiful” Awards, this gentle giant has the talent and drive to dominate anything he sets his mind to.
One thing that few people know about Terrell is that while he loves life in the NFL, he doesn’t let the money and celebrity define him. When the uniform comes off, he is simply Terrell Raynonn Suggs; a loving, caring and free spirit. Whether on or off the field, he lives by this, “Handle your business first. Everything else is just for show. Think long term and consistently progress. There is always someone trying to get your spot, so stay hungry.” Terrell is not here to coexist, he is here to rise above the rest and dominate. With his drive and determination, Terrell will be a force to be reckoned with in all areas of life, for years to come.