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Tom Brady on Terrell Suggs: 'A smart player'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues to be impressed by Baltimore Ravens veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Brady, now in his 15th season, and Suggs, in his 12th season, have both spent their entire careers with their respective teams. Considering the regular-season and postseason history between the Patriots and Ravens, Brady and Suggs have a lot of experience playing against each other.

Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game will add one more chapter to the Brady-Suggs saga.

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss asked Brady about Suggs’ play and off-field remarks on Tuesday:

Q. What are your impressions of Suggs and what he means to that defense from the opposing perspective?

A. He’s phenomenal. He’s in his 12th year and looks like it’s his third year out there. He’s the leader of that defense. He makes great plays. I think that there is a play that’s called and then what he actually does. Even though he has a certain responsibility, if he sniffs it out, he takes a shot and goes for it. You may have contain, but he may rip it inside and try to make a play in the backfield. He’s just a smart player. We’ve played against him a bunch of times. He takes away a lot of stuff. I have a lot of respect for his ability to play the game at a high level.

Q. Do you ever find yourself amused if you hear the remarks -- after the Steelers' game, he said we know what everyone wants to see, we hope to disrupt those plans -- insinuating maybe another Brady-Manning game the next week?

A. We never really talked a lot on the field. We haven’t really talked much off the field either.

[laughs]

Q. Not a strong connection there?

A. Yeah, that's the way it goes.