Deflategate doesn't tarnish Terrell Suggs' view of Tom Brady

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady have developed a fierce rivalry over their careers.

Still, Suggs remained diplomatic when asked whether Brady's legacy is tarnished because of the recent controversy over New England deflating footballs in the AFC title game against the Colts.

"The guy is a winner," Suggs said. "He's won with whatever kind of personnel that he's had. So I don't think it really tarnished it. But you know, you need something to write about. Everybody needs something to write about and needs something to talk about. It's always something. I'm leaving that alone. They have people who handle that. I am going to stick to what we got to do here."

Brady, who was the Super Bowl MVP, was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season but is appealing. This means Brady could miss the Sept. 10 opener against the Steelers. That might actually work against the Ravens because it gives their AFC North rival an advantage.

The NFL also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks as punishment for deflating the footballs.