Sometimes, the words that come out of Terrell Suggs’ big-ass mouth strike me as ones that have been thoroughly manufactured with the intention of creating intensity that otherwise wouldn’t exist. In other words, I think he can be a bit of a phony in what to me is a transparent attempt to separate himself and his team from their respective packs.

But in an interview yesterday with a Kansas City radio station, T-Sizzle delivered an interesting reflection on how he experienced — and even benefited from — the 2011 NFL work stoppage:

Last year, to be totally honest with you, I had the time of my life during the lockout and wasn’t in a hurry to get back to work. I think that’s why, in total, I ended up having the season that I did. A lot of guys ended up pushing themselves too hard and ended up getting hurt trying to get ready for minicamps and OTAs. Fortunately we didn’t have that burden on our shoulders and that’s why I think I had a great year. … I’m really looking forward to my time off and getting back to the film business and making these movies.”

Remember when guys were supposed to be tearing ACLs and MCLs left and right due to a lack of preparation stemming from the lockout? That never happened. It turns out that, for the most part, grown adults can prepare for impending events and life changes without being watched over by meddling, autocratic employers.

And of course Suggs had the time of his life during the lockout. Anyone who says they’d rather be sweating it out in early-summer heat with a pack of over-sized, BO-plagued men than training on their own schedule and in the comfort of their palace-like dwelling is telling you a filthy lie.

(Via Sports Radio Interviews)