Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, the most dynamic player on the team’s renowned defense, has been named the 2011 Associated Press’ NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winner.
On a team that features longtime standouts Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, it was Suggs who proved to be the most valuable to a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL.
Suggs’ 21 votes were seven more than Minnesota’s Jared Allen.
Suggs, 29, had 70 tackles, including 14 sacks and was a menace all over the field, playing a hybrid linebacker-end position. He also tied a franchise-record, forcing seven fumbles and had two interceptions.
He joins the aforementioned Lewis and Reed as the only players in franchise history to win the award. In fact, a Ravens player has won this award four times in the past 12 seasons: Lewis in 2000 and 2003, Reed in 2004 and Suggs this season.