As Ravens Prepare For Their Home Opener, a Familiar Face Makes His Homecoming

Vinny & Haynie
September 12, 2019 - 10:35 am

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By Joe Schiller

There's a certain buzz around this team after a dominant 59-10 win over the Dolphins but it isn't the only thing fans will be looking forward to in Week 2.

As the Ravens prepare for their home opener, one franchise great will make his homecoming. After 16 seasons in purple and black, Terrell Suggs will take the field on Sunday afternoon sporting colors as a member of the Cardinals. 

Suggs is the franchise's all-time sack leader (132.5) and a fan favorite since he was drafted 10th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He's a seven-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2011).

Of course, the outspoken player he is, Suggs wouldn't downplay the storyline coming back to Baltimore. 

This offseason, Suggs agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals. He returned home to the state where he grew up and began his career on the gridiron. 

Linebacker Patrick Onwuasor, who has become one of the vocal leaders of the Ravens' defense this season, said Suggs left him a strong message when he departed from the team. 

"[W>hen he left, he texted me and said, ‘It’s time for you guys to start your own legacy and start the new brand of Raven football and just continue to be what the Ravens are all about,'" Onwuasor said. 

"Wink" Martindale's unit got off to a strong start, forcing three turnovers and holding the Dolphins to only 200 yards of total offense. 

But this will be more than just a feel-good story seeing the future Hall-of-Famer return, Suggs is still a dangerous defensive threat. The veteran outside linebacker tallied two sacks in the Cardinals' 27-27 tie against the Lions in Week 1. He'll pose a challenge to Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr., two young tackles he knows well. 

You'll still see plenty of No. 55 jerseys in the stands on Sunday, but it's still strictly business on the field. 

"It’s not like he left because he hates everybody," Cornerback Jimmy Smith said, via ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "It isn’t a nasty reunion. We’re definitely going to welcome him back with an ass-whooping."