Today, ASU and former Chandler High/Hamilton standout won this year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. This is a fantastic achievement for a Devil that remains an underrated part of ASU past. And therein lies the problem. In setting the NCAA career record for sacks with 44 (the next highest total being a DISTANT 38 by Jason Babin from Western Michigan’s powerful Mid-American conference) Suggs remains somewhat of a forgotten man with Sundevil nation. He is hardly embraced by our current Athletic Department led by Lisa Love. This is a Sundevil that should be embraced, honored and worked into the recruiting process to find the next Terell Suggs. He should be on the sidelines of Devil games leading the team in the ASU fight song. (HC Todd Graham, are you listening?) Instead, he is the forgotten man. During the failed coaching search that nearly landed the underwhelming June Jones, Suggs tweeted “I see ASU dropped the ball again. Former players like myself will never get involved with the program if they never hire a winner! Peroid (sic)!” Ouch. Actually, honest. ASU should have had a press release out tonight with ASU VP for University Athletics Lisa Love in attendance while he received the AP Defensive Player of the year award. She should have been there with one of our new black Devil football jerseys with the name on the back that said “NFL Defensive POY 2011”. Instead, once again.. we decided to sit this one out on the sidelines.
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