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Terrell Suggs Isn't Talking Retirement After Winning Second Super Bowl

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Terrell Suggs speaks during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Terrell Suggs speaks during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game.

Terrell Suggs could ride off into the sunset as a champion – just like his mentor, Ray Lewis.

But the former Ravens pass rusher wasn't making any declarations Sunday night after winning his second Super Bowl, this time with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I don't know. Tomorrow will come, I ain't gonna worry about it," Suggs told CBS Miami's Mike Cugno. "I'm going to enjoy this with my family. We ain't gonna make no decisions tonight."

Suggs, 37, just finished his 17th season – the same number Lewis played. The first 16 of those seasons were played in Baltimore, with this year split between the Arizona Cardinals and Chiefs.

After recording 6.5 sacks this year, Suggs now ranks 8th all-time with 139. Six of the seven players ahead of him are Hall of Famers and the other, Julius Peppers, will be in Canton as soon as he's eligible.

Suggs was most likely a Hall of Famer before Super Bowl LIV kicked off, and slipping a second ring on his fingers will only bolster his case. He's also a seven-time Pro Bowler and was the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Suggs contributed two tackles and one quarterback hit in the Chiefs' 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers. It's the second time in his career that he's helped beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

After the game, Suggs said "it never gets old."

"It feels just like the first one. Probably feels better than the first one considering how my season started," Suggs told Sportsnet's Arash Madani.

"Everybody told me like, 'Yo, Sizzle, you may have picked up a lottery ticket.' I was real reluctant, real nervous about joining the team and wasn't sure I was going to fit in. Coach [Andy] Reid assured me. … I'm just honored to be part of his journey."

Both of Suggs' Super Bowl seasons were unique. He missed the first eight games of the 2012 season after tearing his Achilles. This year, he started as a veteran leader with a rebuilding Cardinals squad before asking for his release and landing with the Chiefs. It was rumored that his intention was to come back to Baltimore.

Suggs played his last two seasons with three of the game's next generation of star quarterbacks – 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray and 2019 Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.

"The game is just too slow for him," Suggs said of Mahomes. "He can make any plays he wants, he never panics, he never gets rattled. When we were down 20-10 in the fourth quarter and he rattled off 21 points. That kid is special."

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