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Terrell Suggs’ unorthodox interception lands him new nickname: ‘Thighmaster’

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs’ interception of an errant-then-tipped pass by Ben Roethlisberger during Saturday night’s 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers arguably was the play of the game. But it’s the manner in which he secured the ball that has landed the linebacker a new nickname.

The critical play in the win came about midway through the fourth quarter. With Roethlisberger feeling the heat in the pocket, he threw high to Ben Tate. The recently acquired running back was unable to make the catch and instead tipped the ball backwards behind him, never a good thing when defenders with waiting arms are flocking to the football.

Suggs, despite his best efforts, couldn’t secure the ball with his hands as it slipped through his grasp. So, the linebacker improvised, cradling the ball between his legs before it hit the turf.

Shortly after Suggs made the play of the game, social media began to light up with mentions of the linebacker’s new moniker, a nickname that would make Suzanne Somers proud …

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ThighMaster.

While Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn’t utilize the name of the 80s-era home exercise apparatus, he nevertheless hailed Suggs for the heady and clutch play.

“You’ll never see a greater catch,” Harbaugh said, via ESPN.com. “We just gave him the game ball for the greatest catch in the history of football. I toss it to him. What happened do you think? He dropped it. He caught the one that mattered. Clutch.”

Hyperbole from Harbaugh aside, Suggs noted that had he not made the play, things could have ended far differently for the Ravens in its wild card game, especially given the fact that Baltimore scored on the ensuing play for a commanding 30-15 lead.

“I knew that Ben had been coming from behind against us for years,” Suggs said. “I knew when the play was called to just be patient because he’s going to try to make a play. Had I dropped it, ain’t no telling what Ben would’ve done. It was just being in the right place at the right time.”