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An Open Letter to Terrell Suggs

I just wanted to take a moment to let Terrell Suggs know how much I appreciate what he brings to this sport.

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Dear Mr. Suggs,

Please allow me to take a moment to congratulate you on your recent Super Bowl victory. You, along with the rest of your team, fully deserve that Lombardi Trophy. There were a lot of doubters as you began your recent playoff run, including myself, but you proved us all wrong. You shocked the Broncos, you shocked the Patriots, and you shocked the 49ers, and now sit atop the football world as the best in the business. So again, congratulations.

It's also great to see that, as you enjoy some well-deserved relaxation this offseason and prepare for what will be yet another exciting league year, you are really taking the time to relish your status as a member of the World Champion Baltimore Ravens and not focusing your efforts elsewhere. A lot of lesser players would take take this opportunity to continue to spout off absolute nonsense that nobody cares about, imparting blathering opinions on absolute non-issues that nobody asked for. Not you, though. You know how special it is to be part of a championship team, and it's very refreshing to see someone take full advantage of that; after all, the chance to play in the Super Bowl doesn't come along all that often. I mean yeah, if you play for the Patriots, you're there every few years or so, but for the rest of the league, it's a real achievement (fun fact about that: did you know that we haven't won a Super Bowl since SpyGate? Crazy, right? I had to look it up to believe it!!). It's heartening to see that you haven't lost sight of that and are bringing the positivity, cheer, general goodwill, and intelligence that you have shown so ubiquitously throughout your career into what must be an incredibly joyous offseason. All too rarely do we fail to take advantage of the joyous moments in our lives, and I'm glad to see that you are opting to focus on the positive.

I'm especially grateful for the way you are demonstrating that your love for your own team far trumps your dislike of any other team because, as I'm sure you're aware, we here in Patriots Nation care very, very deeply about how we are perceived by the rest of the league. There is nothing more important to us as fans than being liked and making sure that opposing players have nothing but praise for us at all times. I mean what's the league's best winning percentage, five Super Bowls, three Lombardi Trophies, seven AFC Championships, and the league's best coach if another player doesn't like you? I mean, where do you go from there? So thanks for keeping your focus where it matters: on the field. Because as of late, the Ravens seems to have the Patriots number, and a man of your caliber knows that beating a team on the field does way more damage than jabbering about them off the field. I just want to make sure you know that your efforts are appreciated.

I'm very much looking forward to what will almost certainly be an NFL Opening Day that sees the Patriots come to Baltimore for a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game, yet another contest where you reminded us all how much you prefer to let your play on the field do the talking and just how far above petty trash talk and hot air you are. The very best to you this offseason, and here's to another year of spirited competition!

Your friend and loyal fan,

Alec Shane