Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was a finalist at the ESPY awards Wednesday night in Los Angeles, but he didn't win his category.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the ESPY for "Best NFL Player," beating out Suggs, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson and New England tight end Rob Gronkowski for an award that has no specific criteria.
"No matter what happens, I just want thank all of you who voted I appreciate the love! Rather we win 2nite or not, we all know the big goal!" Suggs tweeted before the results were announced.
Suggs won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011 for a performance that included 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles, but he was the only defensive player among the finalists, and a defensive player has never won the "Best NFL Player" ESPY.
Its kind of hard considering all of those guys either throw or catch touchdowns and that Im the only defensive player, Suggs said during a recent appearance on ESPNs NFL Live.
Another problem he faced?
All those guys look a lot better than me, but thats cool, he said.
Suggs long odds didnt stopped him from traveling to Los Angeles for the show and mingling with the other athletes and entertainers who were either up for awards or serves as presenters.
"Chillen at the @ESPYS NokiaPreParty. Gettin It In, he tweeted Tuesday.
A day earlier, he also used Twitter to ask for votes.
NEED Y'ALL HELP. LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR NFL player of the year! Time for defense to win an ESPY!! he tweeted.
Suggs also used his trip to headline the official Los Angeles preview of his Team Sizzle Films feature-length film, The Coalition.
In between his various star turns, he presumably is rehabbing his torn Achilles tendon, which will keep him on the sidelines for at least the first half of the 2012 season and possibly all of it, depending on how his rehab goes.
He shed his protective walking boot last week and told NFL Live he just loved the process of rehab.
Im in good spirits. I like the progress Im making, he said.