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Lions notes: LB Devon Kennard names Terrell Suggs his sports hero

The linebacker looks up to the Baltimore Ravens legend.

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Terrell Suggs has been a force for the last decade and a half. The outside linebacker has played in 229 games over the first 16 games of his career, all for the Baltimore Ravens. He leads all active players with 132.5 career sacks and is 13th in sacks all time. The edge defender has been a crucial part of the Ravens defense that has terrorized the league over the past 20 years, and he played alongside Ray Lewis as they led the team to a 2013 Super Bowl. While his career in Baltimore is most likely over—he signed with the Arizona Cardinals this offseason—he will forever be a legend in the Charm City.

The linebacker has also made an impact on the Detroit Lions roster.

ESPN took some time to ask athletes from all around the sports world who their sports hero was this week, and Lions linebacker Devon Kennard was included.

Kennard chose Suggs as his hero, saying:

To see another guy that came from the same area I did and I knew growing up. My brother and him are kind of friends. ... I have his college highlight tape, which is, to this day, one of the most insane highlight tapes ever. I used to watch it when I was in college; I used to watch it before games and stuff. I know all his plays from college.

Kennard is from Tempe, Arizona, where Suggs played college at Arizona State University.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback and Detroit native Jourdan Lewis was included as well, and he chose former Lions running back Barry Sanders, saying:

I’m from Detroit. [Barry Sanders] was like the hometown hero. I was a running back when I was younger, so just remember trying to do what he did. I wore his number. He was like the guy.

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