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T-Sizzle says the NFL lockout helped his game

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Terrell Suggs had the most productive year of his nine-year career in 2011.

Suggs, 29, recorded 70 tackles, 14 sacks, and set a single-season franchise record with seven forced fumbles, all en route to being named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

The outside linebacker credits his success to the NFL lockout.

“Last year, to be totally honest with you, I had the time of my life during the lockout and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to work. I think that’s why, in total, I ended up having the season that I did,” “A lot of guys ended up pushing themselves too hard and ended up getting hurt trying to get ready for mini-camps and OTAs. Fortunately we didn’t have that burden on our shoulders and that’s why I think I had a great year.”

The awards just continue to pile up for Suggs, who is in Kansas City at the 101 Awards, being honored as the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Year.