OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs got a laugh out of reporters Wednesday, when he came to the podium for his press conference wearing a tee shirt with quarterback Joe Flacco’s face on it. Underneath Flacco’s face was the word, “Elite." It is done in the style of President Barack Obama's well-known "Hope" poster.
“Is Joe Flacco elite?” has become a catchphrase question that has taken on never-ending life, even debated by politicians and entertainers. So when Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox saw the Flacco elite shirts, he couldn’t resist buying some for his teammates.
Flacco first saw the tee shirts last weekend.
“I picked up Dennis on the way to the game this past Sunday, and he came out wearing one,” Flacco said. “I said, ‘Man, why do you have my face on your shirt?”’
The Ravens stand steadfastly behind their quarterback, which was the message behind Suggs’ fashion statement.
“We are kind of rallying behind our guy, but he better play elite,” Suggs said.
As usual, Suggs couldn’t resist teasing Flacco.
“When Joe used to have good games, I used to put a picture of a hip-hop vixen in his locker,” Suggs said. “When he didn’t have a good game, I would put something quite the opposite. I’ll let him tell you about that. Now we are a little more mature. He is married now, so I have to be a little more politically correct. He had a good game, so we are trying to get the confidence thing going. When he drops a bad one, I’ll have something for him.”
But if outsiders criticize Flacco, Suggs won’t stand for it.
“You can question a Super Bowl MVP?” Suggs asked. “Hell no.”