In an exclusive interview airing tonight on NBC’s Football Night in America, Bob Costas talks to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs in advance of the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday Night Football (8:20 pm ET).
In the interview, Suggs discusses his dislike of the Pittsburgh Steelers, specifically wide receiver Hines Ward before the teams meet in a AFC North showdown.
The below transcript is courtesy of NBC PR:
TERRELL SUGGS WITH BOB COSTAS
BOB COSTAS: Did you watch the Super Bowl between the Packers and the Steelers?
TERRELL SUGGS: Not too much…It’s a lose-lose for me. I don’t win…a team that I dislike very much could win. (The Steelers). They’re the enemy…We all know their names. But, they’re the enemy.
COSTAS: How would you describe your feelings towards the Steelers? Warm, cordial, affectionate?
SUGGS: None of the above. I don’t have any feelings towards them to be totally honest with you…Whenever I see those two colors together or a certain someone smiling at me, I don’t get no feeling at all.
COSTAS: Who’s the certain someone?
COSTAS: Hines Ward.
COSTAS: And he’s gonna go. You were pleading earlier this week (for him to play)…
SUGGS: I needed him to play. I needed him to play.
COSTAS: You’ve had a busy week. You’ve kept the writers and the broadcasters busy. (Quoting Suggs’ comments from earlier in the week): “We have been declared war upon. We are the enemy of the state, the state of Pennsylvania.”
SUGGS: Definitely. It’s definitely a point of view. They said, ‘we declared war.’ So, okay.
COSTAS: How would you describe your feelings when you run onto the field at Heinz Field.
SUGGS: It’s my Madison Square Garden. I love it. Like I said, I’m getting flipped the bird. Their fans are very passionate about their team as they should be. They’ve had a lot of success, at my expense mind you.
COSTAS: Is there more trash talking than the average game?
SUGGS: I think so. I’m glad all of us are not miced because I’m pretty sure my mom; (she) wouldn’t disown me, but she would be pretty unhappy with me if y’all heard everything I say during the course of the game.
COSTAS: Don’t you think that by now your mom has a pretty good handle on what goes on?
SUGGS: She’s got a pretty good handle. She does, and my dad. They still want me to represent them though. They’re old schoolers. “It’s just a game, baby.” But we don’t necessarily see it like that. We want to win.
COSTAS: Who’s the best Steelers trash talker?
SUGGS: The smile. 86. I would say him. 25 (Ryan Clark) got some up in him. They all do it. But (86), he’s probably the best one.
COSTAS: You can’t bring yourself to say their names, right?
SUGGS: They’re the enemy. They’re the enemy.
COSTAS: We’re sitting here 24 hours before kickoff. Can you explain what you’re going to feel like five minutes before kickoff?
SUGGS: No, I can’t because every time is different than the last. This time I’m walking in there with a big cape of confidence. I know we can do it. I know we can. Times before I walked in there, I’d be like, let me see how this one is going to go. This time, I know we gonna do it.
Here is the video of the Costas-Suggs interview, courtesy of NBCSports.com: