Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs should still be celebrating. It was only 24 days ago that he won his first Super Bowl. Along the way, he even beat the team he despises most in the Patriots. But for some reason, Suggs can't get past his animosity for the Patriots even though he got his revenge on them.
Speaking on WEEI-AM, a Boston radio station, Suggs said he "guarantees the other 31 [NFL] teams hate the New England Patriots."
"The NFL is not very big," Suggs said on WEEI. "You think we don't talk to guys that have played for the New England Patriots, that have been on the New England Patriots that have been like, 'Oh, it's been like this.'
"It ain't just me. Why did Bart Scott say the same thing? You think it's just us? You think it's just got something to do with us? No. This is because we have inside information. We know."
Suggs is both right and wrong on this. Yes, it's an opinionated cop-out, but let me explain.
Here is where Suggs is right: The Patriots are hated. It goes back to Spygate scandal in 2007 and the perception that the Patriots cheated to win their three Super Bowls. It stems from the "Tom Brady rule" (it's a penalty to lunge at a quarterback's knees if you're on the ground), which caused many to think the NFL goes out of its way to protect the Patriots quarterback. It also has something to do with the arrogance of coach Bill Belichick, which explains why he was voted as the second-most overrated coach in a players poll conducted by the Sporting News three months ago.
Here is where Suggs is wrong: It's an overstatement to say the Patriots are hated by the 31 other teams. I find it hard to believe that the Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers loathe the Patriots. The Ravens? Yes. The Steelers? Sure. The Jets and the rest of the AFC East? Absolutely. It's funny that Suggs is certain that everyone hates the Patriots when his own teammate admires them. Safety Ed Reed always speaks glowingly of Belichick and Brady and he could sign with New England as a free agent next month (I even joked about his bromance with Belichick).
Suggs was making the radio rounds Wednesday to promote "The Coalition," a movie he co-wrote. It's a romantic comedy about "four women who band together to get revenge on four young, successful players because the guys mistreated them in some way." My guess is the villain in the movie wears Uggs, but I digress.
On his radio tour, Suggs also took a shot at a 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis on a San Francisco station. After saying San Francisco had "one fake tough guy" on the offensive line, he complimented every starter except Davis. On Twitter, Davis fired back, calling Suggs an (expletive) "loser" and (expletive) "puppet."
By my count, Suggs has made enemies of the Patriots and 49ers. So while he thinks the Patriots are the NFL's most hated team, it looks like Suggs is gaining momentum to become the league's most hated player.