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* [[National Football League Rookie of the Year Award#AP NFL Defensive Rookies of the Year|AP Defensive Rookie of the Year]] (2010)
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* [[National Football League Rookie of the Year Award#AP NFL Defensive Rookies of the Year|AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year]] (2010)
 
* [[National Football League Alumni|NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year]] (2010)
 
* [[National Football League Alumni|NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year]] (2010)
 
* [[Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year]] (2010)
 
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* ''Pro Football Weekly'' Rookie of the Year (2010)
 
* ''Pro Football Weekly'' Rookie of the Year (2010)
 
* [[Pro Football Writers of America|PFWA]] Rookie of the Year (2010)
 
* [[Pro Football Writers of America|PFWA]] Rookie of the Year (2010)
* [[Pro Bowl]] ([[2011 Pro Bowl|2010]], [[2013 Pro Bowl|2012]])
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* [[Pro Bowl]] ([[2011 Pro Bowl|2010]], [[2013 Pro Bowl|2012]], [[2014 Pro Bowl|2013]])
* First-team [[All-Pro]] ([[2010 All-Pro Team|2010]])
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* First-team [[All-Pro]] ([[2010 All-Pro Team|2010]], [[2011 All-Pro Team|2011]], [[2013 All-Pro Team|2013]])
 
* Second-team All-Pro ([[2012 All-Pro Team|2012]])
 
* Second-team All-Pro ([[2012 All-Pro Team|2012]])
 
* ''Sporting News'' First-team All-Pro ([[2011 All-Pro Team|2011]])
 
* ''Sporting News'' First-team All-Pro ([[2011 All-Pro Team|2011]])
 
* [[#College awards|College awards]]
 
* [[#College awards|College awards]]
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'''Ndamukong Suh''' ({{IPA-en|ɨnˈdɑːməkɨn ˈsuː|pron}} {{respell|in|DOM|ə-kin}} {{respell|SOO|'}}, born January 6, 1987) is an [[American football]] [[defensive tackle]] for the [[Detroit Lions]] of the [[National Football League]] (NFL). He played [[college football]] for the [[University of Nebraska]], and earned [[All-American]] honors. He was chosen by the Lions with the second overall pick of the [[2010 NFL Draft]].
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'''Ndamukong Suh''' ({{IPAc-en|ɨ|n|ˈ|d|ɑː|m|ə|k|ɨ|n|_|ˈ|s|uː}} {{respell|in|DOM|ə-kin}} {{respell|SOO|'}}, born January 6, 1987) is an [[American football]] [[defensive tackle]] for the [[Detroit Lions]] of the [[National Football League]] (NFL). He played [[college football]] for the [[University of Nebraska]], and earned [[All-American]] honors. He was chosen by the Lions with the second overall pick of the [[2010 NFL Draft]].
   
 
As a college senior, Suh became one of the most decorated players in college football history. He won numerous awards including the [[Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award]], [[Bronko Nagurski Trophy]], [[Chuck Bednarik Award]], [[Lombardi Award]] and [[Outland Trophy]], and was recognized as a unanimous [[All-American]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/news/story?id=5018960 |title=There's no stopping the Suh express |first=Elizabeth |last=Merrill |publisher=ESPN.com |date=2010-03-24 |accessdate=2010-03-25}}</ref>
 
As a college senior, Suh became one of the most decorated players in college football history. He won numerous awards including the [[Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award]], [[Bronko Nagurski Trophy]], [[Chuck Bednarik Award]], [[Lombardi Award]] and [[Outland Trophy]], and was recognized as a unanimous [[All-American]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/news/story?id=5018960 |title=There's no stopping the Suh express |first=Elizabeth |last=Merrill |publisher=ESPN.com |date=2010-03-24 |accessdate=2010-03-25}}</ref>
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Suh has been criticized in the media and by other players for his aggressive style of play and has been fined a total of $216,875 by the NFL for four violations thus far in his career.
   
 
==Early years==
 
==Early years==
Suh was born in [[Portland, Oregon]]. He attended [[Grant High School (Portland, Oregon)|Grant High School]] in Portland, where he earned ''[[Parade magazine|Parade]]'' magazine high school All-America honors and was voted the 2004 Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year and was a Class 4A first-team all-state selection.
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Suh was born in [[Portland, Oregon]]. He attended [[Grant High School (Portland, Oregon)|Grant High School]] in Portland, where he was a two-way lineman for the Generals. Suh earned first-team All-PIL honors on both offense and defense as a junior and was an honorable-mention all-state pick. In his senior year, he had 65 tackles, including 10 sacks and recovered four fumbles, which earned him ''[[Parade magazine|Parade]]'' magazine high school All-America honors, the 2004 Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year, and a Class 4A first-team all-state selection. He also played in the 2005 [[U.S. Army All-American Bowl]].
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In track he was the district shot put champion in 2004, and won the OSAA Class 4A shot put title in 2005 with a school-record throw of 61-4. For his all-around athletic accomplishments, Suh was a finalist for the Portland Tribune’s Athlete of the Year.
   
Considered a four-star recruit by ''[[Rivals.com]]'', Suh was the sixth ranked defensive tackle in the nation.<ref>{{cite web | title=Rivals.com Defensive tackles 2005 | url=http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=879 | work=Rivals.com | publisher= | date=2005-01-18 | accessdate= }}</ref>
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Considered a four-star recruit by ''[[Rivals.com]]'', Suh was the sixth ranked defensive tackle in the nation.<ref>{{cite web | title=Rivals.com Defensive tackles 2005 | url=http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=879 | work=Rivals.com | publisher= | date=2005-01-18 | accessdate= }}</ref> Recruited by many, Suh took official visits to Nebraska, [[Mississippi State Bulldogs football|Mississippi State]], [[Oregon State Beavers football|Oregon State]], [[Miami Hurricanes football|Miami (FL)]], and [[California Golden Bears football|California]], before committing to the Cornhuskers on January 20, 2005.
   
 
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In 2006, Suh played in all 14 games as a backup defensive lineman and earned freshman All-Big 12 honors from ''[[The Sporting News]]''. Despite coming off the bench, he finished the year with 19 total tackles, and ranked among the team leaders in tackles for loss (8) and [[quarterback sack]]s (3½). In his sophomore season, Suh started in 11 of the Cornhuskers' 12 games, and recorded 34 total tackles on the season.
 
In 2006, Suh played in all 14 games as a backup defensive lineman and earned freshman All-Big 12 honors from ''[[The Sporting News]]''. Despite coming off the bench, he finished the year with 19 total tackles, and ranked among the team leaders in tackles for loss (8) and [[quarterback sack]]s (3½). In his sophomore season, Suh started in 11 of the Cornhuskers' 12 games, and recorded 34 total tackles on the season.
   
As a junior in 2008, Suh recorded a team-high 76 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (both returned for [[touchdown]]s) and a touchdown reception while playing fullback. He became the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. Suh earned First-team All-Big 12 honors in 2008, the first Nebraska interior defensive lineman to earn those honors since [[Steve Warren]] in 1999.
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As a junior in 2008, Suh recorded a team-high 76 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (both returned for [[touchdown]]s) and a touchdown reception while playing fullback. He became the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. Suh earned First-team All-Big 12 honors in 2008, the first Nebraska interior defensive lineman to earn those honors since [[Steve Warren]] in 1999. He was also an honorable mention [[All-American]].
   
In 2009, Suh registered 85 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, 24 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and one interception. Suh had 12 tackles (seven for losses, a school single-game record) and 4½ sacks in a 13–12 loss to the [[2009 Texas Longhorns football team|Texas Longhorns]] in the [[2009 Big 12 Championship Game|Big 12 Championship Game]], for which he received game [[Most Valuable Player|MVP]] honors. He helped Huskers defense rank first nationally in scoring defense (10.4 ppg), tied for second in total sacks (44), first in pass efficiency defense (87.3), seventh in total defense (272.0 ypg), ninth in rushing defense (93.1 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (178.9 ypg). He also played all four quarters versus [[2009 Arizona Wildcats football team|Arizona]] in the [[2009 Holiday Bowl]], helping Nebraska record the first [[shutout]] in the Holiday Bowl's 32-year history, as well as the first shutout in school bowl history.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200912300023|title=Huskers harass Cats in first Holiday Bowl shutout}}</ref> He was a first-team All-Big 12 honors and the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Nationally, he was the Defensive Lineman of the Year, the Associated Press National Player of the Year, and recognized as a unanimous first-team [[2009 College Football All-America Team|All-American]].<ref>''2011 NCAA Football Records Book'', [http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Awards.pdf Award Winners], National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12 (2011). Retrieved June 30, 2012.</ref> He was also a [[Heisman Trophy]] finalist.
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In 2009, Suh registered 85 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, 24 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and one interception. Suh had 12 tackles (seven for losses, a school single-game record) and 4½ sacks in a 13–12 loss to the [[2009 Texas Longhorns football team|Texas Longhorns]] in the [[2009 Big 12 Championship Game|Big 12 Championship Game]], for which he received game [[Most Valuable Player|MVP]] honors. He helped Huskers defense rank first nationally in scoring defense (10.4 ppg), tied for second in total sacks (44), first in pass efficiency defense (87.3), seventh in total defense (272.0 ypg), ninth in rushing defense (93.1 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (178.9 ypg). He also played all four quarters versus [[2009 Arizona Wildcats football team|Arizona]] in the [[2009 Holiday Bowl]], helping Nebraska record the first [[shutout]] in the Holiday Bowl's 32-year history, as well as the first shutout in school bowl history.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200912300023|title=Huskers harass Cats in first Holiday Bowl shutout}}</ref> He earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors and the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Nationally, he was named the [[Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award|Associated Press College Football Player of the Year]], the recipient of the [[Touchdown Club of Columbus#The Bill Willis Trophy|Bill Willis Trophy]], [[Bronko Nagurski Trophy]], [[Chuck Bednarik Award]], [[Lombardi Award]] and [[Outland Trophy]], and was recognized as a unanimous first-team [[2009 College Football All-America Team|All-American]].<ref>''2011 NCAA Football Records Book'', [http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/football_records/2011/Awards.pdf Award Winners], National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12 (2011). Retrieved June 30, 2012.</ref> He was also a finalist for the [[Lott Trophy]], [[Walter Camp Award]], and [[Heisman Trophy]].
   
 
===Awards===
 
===Awards===
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|'''Career'''|| '''Totals''' ||'''55''' || '''38''' ||'''214''' ||'''125''' ||'''89''' ||'''57''' ||'''24''' ||'''15''' ||'''4''' ||'''3''' ||'''1''' ||'''41'''||'''6'''||'''2'''
 
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===2010 NFL Draft===
 
===2010 NFL Draft===
Suh was widely considered to be one of the best prospects available in the draft.<ref name="CooneyUSAToday">{{cite news |first=Frank |last=Cooney |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Who's next? Looking ahead to the best of the 2010 draft class |url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-05-05-2010-draft-preview_N.htm |work=[[USA Today]] |publisher= |date=May 11, 2009 |accessdate=}}</ref><ref name="PriscoCBS">{{cite news |first=Pete |last=Prisco |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Prisco's 2010 draft preview: QB will land No. 1 spot |url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11684517 |work=CBSSports.com |publisher= |date=April 27, 2009 |accessdate= }}</ref><ref>{{Cite news |last=Rang |first=Rob |date=July 10, 2009 |title=Top 32 seniors: Top heavy with the heftier prospects |newspaper=NFLDraftScout.com |url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11942391 }}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d81032985&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true#recommend|title=OSU's Okung top prospect, Texas' McCoy top QB for next year's draft|first=Bucky|last=Brooks|work=NFL.com|date=September 3, 2009|accessdate=}}</ref><ref name="PaulineSImidseason">{{cite web |last=Pauline |first=Tony |date=October 22, 2009 |title=2010 NFL Draft: Top 50 prospects |work=SI.com |url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/10/21/draft.prospects/index.html }}</ref> ''[[ESPN.com]]'s'' draft analyst [[Mel Kiper, Jr.]] described Suh as "maybe the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years" and projected him to go #1 overall.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4841432 |title=DT Ndamukong Suh tops the first 2010 NFL mock draft |work=ESPN |date=January 20, 2010 |last=Kiper |first=Mel, Jr. }}</ref> Suh was seen as an ideal fit at either defensive tackle in a 4–3 defense or as a defensive end in a 3–4 NFL defense.<ref name="CBSSports.com">{{cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors=The Sports XChange |title=Ndamukong Suh |url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/563145 |work=NFLDraftScout.com |publisher= |date=October 31, 2009 |accessdate=}}</ref>
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Suh was widely considered to be one of the best prospects available in the draft.<ref name="CooneyUSAToday">{{cite news |first=Frank |last=Cooney |authorlink= |title=Who's next? Looking ahead to the best of the 2010 draft class |url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-05-05-2010-draft-preview_N.htm |work=[[USA Today]] |publisher= |date=May 11, 2009 |accessdate=}}</ref><ref name="PriscoCBS">{{cite news |first=Pete |last=Prisco |authorlink= |title=Prisco's 2010 draft preview: QB will land No. 1 spot |url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11684517 |work=CBSSports.com |publisher= |date=April 27, 2009 |accessdate= }}</ref><ref>{{Cite news |last=Rang |first=Rob |date=July 10, 2009 |title=Top 32 seniors: Top heavy with the heftier prospects |newspaper=NFLDraftScout.com |url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11942391 }}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d81032985&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true#recommend|title=OSU's Okung top prospect, Texas' McCoy top QB for next year's draft|first=Bucky|last=Brooks|work=NFL.com|date=September 3, 2009|accessdate=}}</ref><ref name="PaulineSImidseason">{{cite web |last=Pauline |first=Tony |date=October 22, 2009 |title=2010 NFL Draft: Top 50 prospects |work=SI.com |url=http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/10/21/draft.prospects/index.html }}</ref> ''[[ESPN.com]]'s'' draft analyst [[Mel Kiper, Jr.]] described Suh as "maybe the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years" and projected him to go #1 overall.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4841432 |title=DT Ndamukong Suh tops the first 2010 NFL mock draft |work=ESPN |date=January 20, 2010 |last=Kiper |first=Mel, Jr. }}</ref> Suh was seen as an ideal fit at either defensive tackle in a 4–3 defense or as a defensive end in a 3–4 NFL defense.<ref name="CBSSports.com">{{cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |author=The Sports XChange |title=Ndamukong Suh |url=http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/563145 |work=NFLDraftScout.com |publisher= |date=October 31, 2009 |accessdate=}}</ref>
   
For off the field marketing activities, Suh signed with The Agency Sports Management & Marketing,<ref>[http://theagencysports.com The Agency Sports Management & Marketing]. Theagencysports.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-25.</ref> where Russ Spielman will serve as lead agent. At the [[NFL Combine]], Suh bench pressed 225&nbsp;lb 32 times and had a 35½ inch vertical leap, the highest for a defensive tackle since [[Al Lucas]] (36&nbsp;in) in 2000. According to Barnes: "He is not a hard worker; he is a ''relentless'' worker." <ref>{{cite news |first=Liz |last=Mullen |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Maximum Sports Signs Projected No. 1 Pick Suh For Contract Work|url=http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/136550 |work=Sports Business Daily |publisher=Street and Smith |date=January 27, 2010 |accessdate=January 31, 2010}}</ref>
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For off the field marketing activities, Suh signed with The Agency Sports Management & Marketing,<ref>[http://theagencysports.com The Agency Sports Management & Marketing]. Theagencysports.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-25.</ref> where Russ Spielman will serve as lead agent. At the [[NFL Combine]], Suh bench pressed 225&nbsp;lb 32 times and had a 35½ inch vertical leap, the highest for a defensive tackle since [[Al Lucas]] (36&nbsp;in) in 2000. According to Barnes: "He is not a hard worker; he is a ''relentless'' worker." <ref>{{cite news |first=Liz |last=Mullen |authorlink= |title=Maximum Sports Signs Projected No. 1 Pick Suh For Contract Work|url=http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/136550 |work=Sports Business Daily |publisher=Street and Smith |date=January 27, 2010 |accessdate=January 31, 2010}}</ref>
   
 
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===Detroit Lions===
 
===Detroit Lions===
[[File:Ndamukong Suh 2012.jpg|right|thumb|Ndamukong Suh playing against the Green Bay Packers on January 1, 2012.]]
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====2010: Rookie Year====
 
On August 3, Suh agreed to a five-year, $68 million contract with the Lions, including $40 million guaranteed.<ref>[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-04/detroit-lions-sign-no-2-overall-draft-pick-ndamukong-suh-to-5-year-deal.html Detroit Lions Sign No. 2 Overall Draft Pick Ndamukong Suh to 5-Year Deal] Bloomberg August 4, 2010</ref> On September 12, Suh had his first sack against [[Chicago Bears]] [[quarterback]] [[Jay Cutler (American football)|Jay Cutler]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.detnews.com/article/20100916/OPINION03/9160367/Lions-defensive-line-must-growl-now|title=Lions defensive line must growl now|date=September 16, 2010|last=Wojnowski|first=Bob|work=The Detroit News}}</ref> On October 10, during a game against the [[2010 St. Louis Rams season|St. Louis Rams]], he recorded his first career interception off of [[Sam Bradford]], the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://blog.oregonlive.com/nfl/2010/10/nfl_local_ties_week_5_suhs_pic.html |title=Ndamukong Suh's interception adds to Detroit Lions' 44–6 rout of St. Louis |date=October 12, 2010 |first=Aaron |last=Fentress |work=The Oregonian}}</ref> Suh scored his first [[touchdown]] of his NFL career against the [[Washington Redskins]] on October 31, 2010, on a recovery of a [[Rex Grossman]] [[fumble]].
 
On August 3, Suh agreed to a five-year, $68 million contract with the Lions, including $40 million guaranteed.<ref>[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-04/detroit-lions-sign-no-2-overall-draft-pick-ndamukong-suh-to-5-year-deal.html Detroit Lions Sign No. 2 Overall Draft Pick Ndamukong Suh to 5-Year Deal] Bloomberg August 4, 2010</ref> On September 12, Suh had his first sack against [[Chicago Bears]] [[quarterback]] [[Jay Cutler (American football)|Jay Cutler]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.detnews.com/article/20100916/OPINION03/9160367/Lions-defensive-line-must-growl-now|title=Lions defensive line must growl now|date=September 16, 2010|last=Wojnowski|first=Bob|work=The Detroit News}}</ref> On October 10, during a game against the [[2010 St. Louis Rams season|St. Louis Rams]], he recorded his first career interception off of [[Sam Bradford]], the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://blog.oregonlive.com/nfl/2010/10/nfl_local_ties_week_5_suhs_pic.html |title=Ndamukong Suh's interception adds to Detroit Lions' 44–6 rout of St. Louis |date=October 12, 2010 |first=Aaron |last=Fentress |work=The Oregonian}}</ref> Suh scored his first [[touchdown]] of his NFL career against the [[Washington Redskins]] on October 31, 2010, on a recovery of a [[Rex Grossman]] [[fumble]].
   
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For the 2010 season, Suh led the Lions, all rookies, and all defensive tackles in sacks with 10.<ref>{{cite web|title=NFL.com Rookie of the Week|url=http://www.nfl.com/partner/story?id=09000d5d81d7e350|work=Suh earns 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors|publisher=NFL.com|accessdate=May 8, 2011}}</ref> He was picked as a starter for the [[Pro Bowl]], becoming the first Lions rookie since [[Barry Sanders]] to be picked as a Pro Bowl starter.<ref>{{cite web|author=Chrissie Wywrot |url=http://blogs.detroitlions.com/2010/12/28/johnson-suh-named-pro-bowl-starters/ |title=Detroitlions.com Blog &#124; Johnson, Suh Named Pro Bowl Starters |publisher=Blogs.detroitlions.com |date= |accessdate=2012-11-22}}</ref> He missed the game, however, due to shoulder surgery.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110105/SPORTS01/110105074/Lions-Martin-Mayhew-Ndamukong-Suh-will-surgery-miss-Pro-Bowl|title=Lions' Martin Mayhew: Ndamukong Suh will have surgery, miss Pro Bowl|date=January 5, 2011|last=Birkett|first=Dave|last2=Monarrez|first2=Carlos|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> On January 25, 2011, Suh was named to the [[2010 All-Pro Team#Defense|All-Pro Team]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.detnews.com/article/20110125/SPORTS0101/101250333/Ndamukong-Suh-named-to-NFL-All-Pro-team|title=Ndamukong Suh named to NFL All-Pro team|date=January 25, 2011|last=Twentyman|first=Tim|work=The Detroit News}}</ref> He was also named the [[Sporting News]] Rookie of the Year,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110113/SPORTS01/110113069/Lions-Ndamukong-Suh-wins-rookie-year-award|title=Lions' Ndamukong Suh wins rookie of the year award|date=January 13, 2011|last=Jahnke|first=James|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> the Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110118/SPORTS01/110118048//1049/sports01|title=Lions' Ndamukong Suh: Another rookie of the year|date=January 18, 2011|last=Birkett|first=Dave|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> the [[Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.detroitlions.com/news/article-1/Suh-Voted-2010-Pepsi-NFL-Rookie-of-the-Year/dd01fe65-e050-4c28-ac01-d7e3509ede29|title=Suh Voted 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year|date=February 3, 2011|last=Wywrot|first=Chrissie|work=detroitlions.com}}</ref> and the [[AP Defensive Rookie of the Year]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2011/02/detroit_lions_ndamukong_suh_wi_1.html|title=Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh wins AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award|date=February 4, 2011|last=Kowalski|first=Tom|work=[[Booth Newspapers|MLive.com]]}}</ref>
 
For the 2010 season, Suh led the Lions, all rookies, and all defensive tackles in sacks with 10.<ref>{{cite web|title=NFL.com Rookie of the Week|url=http://www.nfl.com/partner/story?id=09000d5d81d7e350|work=Suh earns 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors|publisher=NFL.com|accessdate=May 8, 2011}}</ref> He was picked as a starter for the [[Pro Bowl]], becoming the first Lions rookie since [[Barry Sanders]] to be picked as a Pro Bowl starter.<ref>{{cite web|author=Chrissie Wywrot |url=http://blogs.detroitlions.com/2010/12/28/johnson-suh-named-pro-bowl-starters/ |title=Detroitlions.com Blog &#124; Johnson, Suh Named Pro Bowl Starters |publisher=Blogs.detroitlions.com |date= |accessdate=2012-11-22}}</ref> He missed the game, however, due to shoulder surgery.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110105/SPORTS01/110105074/Lions-Martin-Mayhew-Ndamukong-Suh-will-surgery-miss-Pro-Bowl|title=Lions' Martin Mayhew: Ndamukong Suh will have surgery, miss Pro Bowl|date=January 5, 2011|last=Birkett|first=Dave|last2=Monarrez|first2=Carlos|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> On January 25, 2011, Suh was named to the [[2010 All-Pro Team#Defense|All-Pro Team]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.detnews.com/article/20110125/SPORTS0101/101250333/Ndamukong-Suh-named-to-NFL-All-Pro-team|title=Ndamukong Suh named to NFL All-Pro team|date=January 25, 2011|last=Twentyman|first=Tim|work=The Detroit News}}</ref> He was also named the [[Sporting News]] Rookie of the Year,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110113/SPORTS01/110113069/Lions-Ndamukong-Suh-wins-rookie-year-award|title=Lions' Ndamukong Suh wins rookie of the year award|date=January 13, 2011|last=Jahnke|first=James|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> the Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110118/SPORTS01/110118048//1049/sports01|title=Lions' Ndamukong Suh: Another rookie of the year|date=January 18, 2011|last=Birkett|first=Dave|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> the [[Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year]],<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.detroitlions.com/news/article-1/Suh-Voted-2010-Pepsi-NFL-Rookie-of-the-Year/dd01fe65-e050-4c28-ac01-d7e3509ede29|title=Suh Voted 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year|date=February 3, 2011|last=Wywrot|first=Chrissie|work=detroitlions.com}}</ref> and the [[AP Defensive Rookie of the Year]].<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2011/02/detroit_lions_ndamukong_suh_wi_1.html|title=Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh wins AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award|date=February 4, 2011|last=Kowalski|first=Tom|work=[[Booth Newspapers|MLive.com]]}}</ref>
   
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====2011====
 
In the 2011 season on week 14 against the [[Oakland Raiders]], Suh jumped up to block the game winning field goal, to make the Lions 9–5–0.
 
In the 2011 season on week 14 against the [[Oakland Raiders]], Suh jumped up to block the game winning field goal, to make the Lions 9–5–0.
   
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===Style of play===
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During the third quarter of the Lions' [[NFL on Thanksgiving Day|Thanksgiving game]] against the [[Green Bay Packers]] on November 24, 2011, Suh pushed Packers' offensive lineman [[Evan Dietrich-Smith]]'s head into the ground three times, then stomped on his arm. All of this took place after the whistle was blown. Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/48903/case-closed-on-ndamukong-suh|title=Case closed on Ndamukong Suh|author=Kevin Seifert|date=November 24, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-24|publisher=[[ESPN]]}}</ref> The resulting penalty gave the Packers an automatic first down. The Packers would score a touchdown two plays later, giving them a 14–0 lead and an eventual 27–15 victory.
Suh has been criticized in the media and by other players for his aggressive style of play and has been fined a total of $42,500 by the league for three violations in the first year-and-a-half of his career. In a poll of fellow players conducted by the ''[[Sporting News]]'', Suh was named "the dirtiest player" in the NFL.<ref>[http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/11/08/11/Suh-voted-dirtiest-player-by-his-peers/landing_lions.html?blockID=599388&feedID=3862 Suh voted 'dirtiest player' by his peers]. Foxsportsdetroit.com (2011-11-08). Retrieved on 2012-12-25.</ref> As of December 2011, he had been flagged for nine personal fouls in his first two years, the most of any player in the league in that time frame.<ref name=Pereira>{{cite web|last=Pereira|first=Mike|authorlink=Mike Pereira|title=Suh likely to be suspended for incident|url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Ndamukong-Suh-Detroit-Lions-unsportsmanlike-conduct-suspension-112411|publisher=[[Fox Sports (United States)|Fox Sports]]|date=2011-11-24|accessdate=2011-11-26}}</ref> He was named the NFL's "Least-Liked Player" in a Forbes-publicized Nielsen report in October 2012.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2012/10/23/the-nfls-most-and-least-liked-players/|title=The NFL's Most (And Least) Liked Players|date=October 23, 2012|last=Van Riper|first=Tom|work=Forbes}}</ref>
 
 
====2011 stomping incident====
 
During the third quarter of the Lions' [[Thanksgiving Classic|Thanksgiving game]] against the [[Green Bay Packers]] on November 24, 2011, Suh pushed Packers' offensive lineman [[Evan Dietrich-Smith]]'s head into the ground three times, then stomped on his arm. All of this took place after the whistle was blown. Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/48903/case-closed-on-ndamukong-suh|title=Case closed on Ndamukong Suh|author=Kevin Seifert|date=November 24, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-24|publisher=[[ESPN]]}}</ref> The resulting penalty gave the Packers an automatic first down. The Packers would score a touchdown two plays later, giving them a 14–0 lead and an eventual 27–15 victory.
 
   
 
Initially, Suh denied stomping on Dietrich-Smith, saying he was only trying to get his balance back.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/34877/verbatim-ndamukong-suh|title=Verbatim: Ndamukong Suh|author=Kevin Seifert|date=November 24, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-26|publisher=[[ESPN]]}}</ref> However, on Friday morning, the Lions issued a statement calling Suh's actions "unacceptable." Within hours, Suh wrote on his Facebook page that he'd "made a mistake" a day before and intended to learn from it.<ref>[http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7278879/ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-apologizes-stomp-says-learned-situation Ndamukong Suh apologizes for stomp]. [[ESPN]], 2011-11-26.</ref> [[Fox Sports (United States)|Fox Sports]] NFL rules analyst and former vice president of officiating [[Mike Pereira]] said that based on his knowledge of league discipline, "the question won’t be if the NFL will suspend Suh, but when — and for how many games." He drew parallels between Suh's actions and those of [[Albert Haynesworth]], who drew a five-game suspension—the longest suspension for an on-field incident in modern NFL history—for stomping on [[Andre Gurode]]'s head in 2006.<ref name=Pereira/>
 
Initially, Suh denied stomping on Dietrich-Smith, saying he was only trying to get his balance back.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/34877/verbatim-ndamukong-suh|title=Verbatim: Ndamukong Suh|author=Kevin Seifert|date=November 24, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-26|publisher=[[ESPN]]}}</ref> However, on Friday morning, the Lions issued a statement calling Suh's actions "unacceptable." Within hours, Suh wrote on his Facebook page that he'd "made a mistake" a day before and intended to learn from it.<ref>[http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7278879/ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-apologizes-stomp-says-learned-situation Ndamukong Suh apologizes for stomp]. [[ESPN]], 2011-11-26.</ref> [[Fox Sports (United States)|Fox Sports]] NFL rules analyst and former vice president of officiating [[Mike Pereira]] said that based on his knowledge of league discipline, "the question won’t be if the NFL will suspend Suh, but when — and for how many games." He drew parallels between Suh's actions and those of [[Albert Haynesworth]], who drew a five-game suspension—the longest suspension for an on-field incident in modern NFL history—for stomping on [[Andre Gurode]]'s head in 2006.<ref name=Pereira/>
   
On November 29, the NFL suspended Suh for two games without pay. In announcing the decision, [[Roger Goodell]] noted that it was the fifth time Suh had been disciplined for on-field conduct.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Ndamukong-Suh-Detroit-Lions-NFL-suspension-two-games-for-stomping-incident-112911|title=Lions' Suh appealing 2-game suspension|author=Jay Glazer|authorlink=Jay Glazer|date=November 29, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-29|publisher=[[Fox Sports (United States)|Fox Sports]]}}</ref> Soon after the suspension was handed down, Suh announced he would appeal the decision. The NFL held an expedited hearing before former [[Oakland Raiders]] coach [[Art Shell]], so that a decision could be handed down before the Lions' next game, on December 4, against the [[New Orleans Saints]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7293935/ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-suspended-two-games-pay|title=Source: Ndamukong Suh appeals ban|date=November 29, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-29|publisher=[[ESPN]]}}</ref> The appeal was turned down on December 2, forcing Suh to sit out the game against the Saints and the December 11 game against the [[Minnesota Vikings]].<ref>[http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7307624/detroit-lions-ndamukong-suh-appeal-denied-miss-two-games Ndamukong Suh's appeal denied]. [[ESPN]], 2011-12-02.</ref>
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On November 29, the NFL suspended Suh for two games without pay. In announcing the decision, [[Roger Goodell]] noted that it was the fifth time Suh had been disciplined for on-field conduct.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Ndamukong-Suh-Detroit-Lions-NFL-suspension-two-games-for-stomping-incident-112911|title=Lions' Suh appealing 2-game suspension|author=Jay Glazer|authorlink=Jay Glazer|date=November 29, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-29|publisher=[[Fox Sports (United States)|Fox Sports]]}}</ref> Soon after the suspension was handed down, Suh announced he would appeal the decision. The NFL held an expedited hearing before former [[Oakland Raiders]] coach [[Art Shell]], so that a decision could be handed down before the Lions' next game, on December 4, against the [[New Orleans Saints]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7293935/ndamukong-suh-detroit-lions-suspended-two-games-pay|title=Source: Ndamukong Suh appeals ban|date=November 29, 2011|accessdate=2011-11-29|publisher=[[ESPN]]}}</ref> The appeal was turned down on December 2, forcing Suh to sit out the game against the Saints and the December 11 game against the [[Minnesota Vikings]].<ref>[http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7307624/detroit-lions-ndamukong-suh-appeal-denied-miss-two-games Ndamukong Suh's appeal denied]. [[ESPN]], 2011-12-02.</ref> Suh finished the 2011 season with 4 sacks, a pass defended, and 26 tackles.
   
====2012 groin kick incident====
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====2012====
The following Thanksgiving, on November 22, 2012, Suh was involved in a play in which he kicked [[Houston Texans]] quarterback [[Matt Schaub]] in the groin. The incident resulted in a $30,000 fine from the league, nearly double the mandated fine for a second offense of "striking/kicking/kneeing" an opponent.<ref name=McIntyre>{{cite web|last=McIntyre|first=Brian|title=NFL fines Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for kick to Matt Schaub’s groin|url=http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/nfl-fines-ndamukong-suh-30-000-kick-matt-213759804--nfl.html|date=November 28, 2012|work=Yahoo Sports|accessdate=December 30, 2012}}</ref> There was speculation the size of the fine was recognition by the league of Suh's history of questionable on-field hits, while others viewed it as a "wishy-washy" and "cop-out" action by the league in issuing a large fine without a suspension.<ref name=McIntyre/><ref name=SI>{{cite web|title=Ndamukong Suh fined $30K in wishy-washy decision by NFL|url=http://nfl.si.com/2012/11/28/ndamukong-suh-fined-30k-in-wishy-washy-decision-by-nfl/|work=Sports Illustrated|accessdate=December 30, 2012|date=November 28, 2012}}</ref>
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During a Thanksgiving game on November 22, 2012, Suh was involved in a play in which he kicked [[Houston Texans]] quarterback [[Matt Schaub]] in the groin. The incident resulted in a $30,000 fine from the league, nearly double the mandated fine for a second offense of "striking/kicking/kneeing" an opponent.<ref name=McIntyre>{{cite web|last=McIntyre|first=Brian|title=NFL fines Ndamukong Suh $30,000 for kick to Matt Schaub’s groin|url=http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/nfl-fines-ndamukong-suh-30-000-kick-matt-213759804--nfl.html|date=November 28, 2012|work=Yahoo Sports|accessdate=December 30, 2012}}</ref> There was speculation the size of the fine was recognition by the league of Suh's history of questionable on-field hits, while others viewed it as a "wishy-washy" and "cop-out" action by the league in issuing a large fine without a suspension.<ref name=McIntyre/><ref name=SI>{{cite web|title=Ndamukong Suh fined $30K in wishy-washy decision by NFL|url=http://nfl.si.com/2012/11/28/ndamukong-suh-fined-30k-in-wishy-washy-decision-by-nfl/|work=Sports Illustrated|accessdate=December 30, 2012|date=November 28, 2012}}</ref>
   
In issuing the fine, Roger Goodell stated, "“Any time you see a play like that, you want to say, ‘Why did it happen?’ It’s hard for us to be able to determine that just from video. Those are the things that sometimes you have to talk to Ndamukong in this case, or the player, but intent is something that’s very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on.”<ref name=SI/> Suh denied the kick was intentional, stating his foot inadvertently hit Schaub as he was being dragged to the ground.<ref name=SI/>
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In issuing the fine, Roger Goodell stated, "“Any time you see a play like that, you want to say, ‘Why did it happen?’ It’s hard for us to be able to determine that just from video. Those are the things that sometimes you have to talk to Ndamukong in this case, or the player, but intent is something that’s very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on.”<ref name=SI/> Suh denied the kick was intentional, stating his foot inadvertently hit Schaub as he was being dragged to the ground.<ref name=SI/> Suh finished 2012 with 8 sacks, 2 passes defended, and 25 tackles in 16 games (15 starts).
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In the Lions' Week 1 victory over the [[Minnesota Vikings]], 34–24, Suh low blocked [[John Sullivan (American football)|John Sullivan]] during a [[DeAndre Levy]] "[[Interception returned for touchdown|pick 6]]"; the resulting [[Personal foul (football)|personal foul]] nullified Levy's touchdown. Two days after the game, Suh was fined $100,000 for the hit—which, not counting lost pay for suspensions, is the largest fine ever issued to a player for on-the-field actions. He would appeal the fine but the ruling was later upheld by the NFL,<ref>{{cite web|title=Ndamukong Suh loses appeal of $100,000 fine|url=http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/12/ndamukong-suh-loses-appeal-of-100000-fine/|work=NBC|accessdate=17 October 2013}}</ref> which brought the total fines levied against Suh to $177,500.<ref>http://www.freep.com/article/20130910/SPORTS01/309100125/detroit-lions-ndamukong-suh-nfl</ref>
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In the Lions' Week 6 victory over the [[Cleveland Browns]], Suh tackled Browns QB Brandon Weeden in a questionable manner. Though not called for a penalty during the game, Suh was later fined $31,500 by the NFL. This brought the total fines levied against him to $209,000.
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During a Thanksgiving game against the Packers on November 28, 2013, Suh sacked [[Matt Flynn]] in the end zone, forcing a safety for the first time of his career. On November 29, 2013, Suh was fined $7,875 for performing a throat slash during a game against the [[Tampa Bay Buccaneers]]. This now brought the total fines levied against him to $216,875.
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===NFL Stats===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Year !! Team !! Games !! Combined Tackles !! Tackles !! Assisted Tackles !! Sacks !! Forced Fumbles !! Fumble Recoveries !! Fumble Return Yards !! Interceptions !! Interception Return Yards !! Return Yards per Interception !! Longest Interception Return !! Defensive Touchdowns !! Passes Defended
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| [[2010 NFL season|2010]] || [[2010 Detroit Lions season|DET]] || 16 || 66 || 49 || 17 || 10.0 || 1 || 1 || 17 || 1 || 20 || 20 || 20 || 1 || 3
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| [[2011 NFL season|2011]] || [[2011 Detroit Lions season|DET]] || 14 || 36 || 26 || 10 || 4.0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 1
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| [[2012 NFL season|2012]] || [[2012 Detroit Lions season|DET]] || 16 || 35 || 25 || 10 || 8.0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 2
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| [[2013 NFL season|2013]] || [[2013 Detroit Lions season|DET]] || 16 || 49 || 36 || 13 || 5.5 || 1 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 0 || 6
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| Total || Total || 62 || 186 || 136 || 50 || 27.5 || 2 || 1 || 0 || 1 || 20 || 20 || 20 || 1 || 12
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|}<ref name=ESPN>{{cite web|title=Ndamukong Suh Stats|url=http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/13234/ndamukong-suh|publisher=ESPN Internet Ventures|accessdate=25 February 2014}}</ref>
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===Style of play===
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Suh has been criticized in the media and by other players for his aggressive style of play and has been fined a total of $216,875 by the league for four violations in the first four years in his career. In a poll of fellow players conducted by the ''[[Sporting News]]'', Suh was named "the dirtiest player" in the NFL.<ref>[http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/11/08/11/Suh-voted-dirtiest-player-by-his-peers/landing_lions.html?blockID=599388&feedID=3862 Suh voted 'dirtiest player' by his peers]. Foxsportsdetroit.com (2011-11-08). Retrieved on 2012-12-25.</ref> As of December 2011, he had been flagged for nine personal fouls in his first two years, the most of any player in the league in that time frame.<ref name=Pereira>{{cite web|last=Pereira|first=Mike|authorlink=Mike Pereira|title=Suh likely to be suspended for incident|url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Ndamukong-Suh-Detroit-Lions-unsportsmanlike-conduct-suspension-112411|publisher=[[Fox Sports (United States)|Fox Sports]]|date=2011-11-24|accessdate=2011-11-26}}</ref> He was named the NFL's "Least-Liked Player" in a Forbes-publicized Nielsen report in October 2012.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2012/10/23/the-nfls-most-and-least-liked-players/|title=The NFL's Most (And Least) Liked Players|date=October 23, 2012|last=Van Riper|first=Tom|work=Forbes}}</ref>
   
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
Suh’s mother, Bernadette ([[née]] Lennon) Suh, an elementary school teacher, was born in [[Spanish Town, Jamaica]] and is a graduate of [[Southern Oregon University]]. His father, Michael Suh, is from [[Cameroon]] and played semi-pro soccer in [[Germany]] while working as a [[machinist]]. They met and married in [[Portland, Oregon]] in 1982, after Michael Suh was admitted to a Portland [[trade school]].<ref name=suh_family>{{cite web|url=http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091212/SPORTS/912120322 |title=Suh's roots trace back to Ashland, SOU |publisher=MailTribune.com |date=2009-12-12 |accessdate=2012-12-25}}</ref> Although his father is only {{convert|5|ft|8|in|m|2|abbr=on}}, Suh's great-grandfather, also named Ndamukong Suh, stood {{convert|7|ft|3|in|m|2|abbr=on}}.<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://www.faqs.org/periodicals/201003/1981685421.html |title=The Legend of Ndamukong Suh |work=Sporting News |date=March 1, 2010 |first=Matt |last=Crossman }}</ref> In the [[Ngemba languages|Ngemba]] language of Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/DN-nebraskalede_04spo.ART.State.Edition2.518d2ab.html |title=At 6–4, 300 pounds, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh is a big name in defense |newspaper=Dallas Morning News |date=December 4, 2009 |last=Hairopoulos |first=Kate}}</ref>
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Suh’s mother, Bernadette ([[née]] Lennon) Suh, an elementary school teacher, was born in [[Spanish Town, Jamaica]], and is a graduate of [[Southern Oregon University]]. His father, Michael Suh, is from [[Cameroon]] and played semi-pro soccer in [[Germany]] while working as a [[machinist]]. They met and married in [[Portland, Oregon]] in 1982, after Michael Suh was admitted to a Portland [[trade school]].<ref name=suh_family>{{cite web|url=http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091212/SPORTS/912120322 |title=Suh's roots trace back to Ashland, SOU |publisher=MailTribune.com |date=2009-12-12 |accessdate=2012-12-25}}</ref> Although his father is only {{convert|5|ft|8|in|m|2|abbr=on}}, Suh's great-grandfather, also named Ndamukong Suh, stood {{convert|7|ft|3|in|m|2|abbr=on}}.<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://www.faqs.org/periodicals/201003/1981685421.html |title=The Legend of Ndamukong Suh |work=Sporting News |date=March 1, 2010 |first=Matt |last=Crossman }}</ref> In the [[Ngemba languages|Ngemba]] language of Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."<ref>{{Cite news |url=http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/DN-nebraskalede_04spo.ART.State.Edition2.518d2ab.html |title=At 6–4, 300 pounds, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh is a big name in defense |newspaper=Dallas Morning News |date=December 4, 2009 |last=Hairopoulos |first=Kate}}</ref>
   
 
Suh has four sisters;<ref name="SuhInterview">{{cite web |url=https://soundcloud.com/an800lbgorilla/ndamukong-suh-interview |title=Interview with Ndamukong Suh by Mike Nolan, Jr., on February 1st, 2013, in Shanghai, China |work=SoundCloud file |date=February 1, 2013}}</ref> he is the second oldest of the children.<ref name="SuhFamily">{{cite web |url=http://thehuskerblog.com/2009/07/28/ndamukong-suh-plans-on-being-staple-of-nu-football/ |title=Ndamukong Suh Plans on Being Staple of NU Football |work=The Husker Blog |date=July 28, 2009}}</ref> His older sister and manager, Odette Lennon Ngum Suh, played soccer collegiately at [[Mississippi State University]] and is currently a [[midfielder]] on the [[Cameroon women's national football team]].<ref name=suh_family /><ref>{{cite web|last=Marie |first=Jeanne |url=http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201209/ndamukong-suh-gq-september-2012 |title=Ndamukong Suh – GQ Profile September 2012: Profiles |publisher=GQ |date= |accessdate=2012-11-22}}</ref>
 
Suh has four sisters;<ref name="SuhInterview">{{cite web |url=https://soundcloud.com/an800lbgorilla/ndamukong-suh-interview |title=Interview with Ndamukong Suh by Mike Nolan, Jr., on February 1st, 2013, in Shanghai, China |work=SoundCloud file |date=February 1, 2013}}</ref> he is the second oldest of the children.<ref name="SuhFamily">{{cite web |url=http://thehuskerblog.com/2009/07/28/ndamukong-suh-plans-on-being-staple-of-nu-football/ |title=Ndamukong Suh Plans on Being Staple of NU Football |work=The Husker Blog |date=July 28, 2009}}</ref> His older sister and manager, Odette Lennon Ngum Suh, played soccer collegiately at [[Mississippi State University]] and is currently a [[midfielder]] on the [[Cameroon women's national football team]].<ref name=suh_family /><ref>{{cite web|last=Marie |first=Jeanne |url=http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/201209/ndamukong-suh-gq-september-2012 |title=Ndamukong Suh – GQ Profile September 2012: Profiles |publisher=GQ |date= |accessdate=2012-11-22}}</ref>
   
 
Suh is a fan of [[Arsenal F.C.]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://player.arsenal.com/player/1770-ndamukong-suh-at-the-emirates |title=Home &#124; Arsenal Player |publisher=Player.arsenal.com |date=2012-12-17 |accessdate=2012-12-25}}</ref>
 
Suh is a fan of [[Arsenal F.C.]]<ref>{{cite web|url=http://player.arsenal.com/player/1770-ndamukong-suh-at-the-emirates |title=Home &#124; Arsenal Player |publisher=Player.arsenal.com |date=2012-12-17 |accessdate=2012-12-25}}</ref>
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In 2012, Suh participated in [[Fox Broadcasting Company|Fox]]'s dating game show ''[[The Choice (TV series)|The Choice]]''.<ref>{{cite web|last=Hibberd|first=James|title=Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE|url=http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/05/08/fox-choice-celebrities/|work=[[Entertainment Weekly]]|accessdate=April 11, 2013|date=May 8, 2012}}</ref> Suh was nominated on ''[[Splash (TV series)|Splash]]'' on March 10, 2013. He was eliminated on the 2nd week of the show.
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During the [[2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs]], Suh rode the [[zamboni]] at [[Joe Louis Arena]] wearing a [[Detroit Red Wings]] jersey during the [[Detroit Red Wings]] playoff series against the [[Chicago Blackhawks]].
   
 
===Donation and endowment===
 
===Donation and endowment===
On April 17, 2010, at the annual Husker Spring Game, Suh announced a $2.6 million donation to the University of Nebraska. Two million dollars of his gift will go to Nebraska Athletics for its Strength and Conditioning Program, and remaining $600,000 will create an endowed scholarship for the UNL College of Engineering, from which he graduated in 2009 with a degree in Construction Management.<ref name="SuhDonation">{{cite web |url=http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=204930543|work=huskers.com |title=Ndamukong Suh to Donate $2.6 Million to the University of Nebraska |date=April 18, 2010}}</ref> His gift is the largest single charitable contribution by any former player, and occurred before Suh was taken with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
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On April 17, 2010, at the annual Husker Spring Game, Suh announced a $2.6 million donation to the University of Nebraska. Two million dollars of his gift will go to Nebraska Athletics for its Strength and Conditioning Program, and remaining $600,000 will create an endowed scholarship for the UNL College of Engineering, from which he graduated in 2009 with a degree in Construction Management.<ref name="SuhDonation">{{cite web |url=http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=204930543|work=huskers.com |title=Ndamukong Suh to Donate $2.6 Million to the University of Nebraska |date=April 18, 2010}}</ref> His gift is the largest single charitable contribution by any former player, and occurred before Suh was taken with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Ndamukong Suh, a former Grant High School football star, donated $250,000 toward the effort to bring a turf field to Grant High School in 2013.
   
 
===Endorsements===
 
===Endorsements===
Before Suh was even drafted by an NFL team, he signed an endorsement deal with [[Nike, Inc.|Nike]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nesn.com/2010/02/nike-signs-projected-top-pick-ndamukong-suh-to-endorsement-deal.html|title=Nike Signs Projected Top Pick Ndamukong Suh to Endorsement Deal|date=February 5, 2010|last=Canty|first=Collen|work=[[New England Sports Network|NESN]]}}</ref> Suh has also signed endorsement deals with [[Subway (restaurant)|Subway]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/subway_sign_projected_nfl_draft_pick_to_endorsement_deal/?utm_source=Feed&utm_campaign=General&utm_medium=rss|title=Subway sign projected NFL pick to endorsement deal|date=April 21, 2011|last=Dickens|first=Chris|work=SportsPro Media}}</ref><ref name="Chrysler">{{cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110504/SPORTS01/110504034/Video-Ndamukong-Suh-s-new-Chrysler-commercial|title=Video: Ndamukong Suh's new Chrysler commercial|date=May 4, 2011|last=Jahnke|first=James|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> [[Dick's Sporting Goods]],<ref name="Chrysler"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2010/7/20/1578629/video-ndamukong-suh-hunts|title=Video: Ndamukong Suh Hunts Quarterbacks in New Commercial|date=July 20, 2010|last=Yullie|first=Sean|work=Pride of Detroit}}</ref> [[Omaha Steaks]],<ref name="Chrysler"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://sportsbusinessdigest.com/ndamukong-suh-the-new-spokesperson-for-omaha-steaks/|title=Ndamukong Suh, the new spokesperson for Omaha Steaks|last=Jones|first=Emmitt|work=Sports Business Digest}}</ref> and [[Chrysler]].<ref name="Chrysler"/>
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Before Suh was drafted by an NFL team, he signed an endorsement deal with [[Nike, Inc.|Nike]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nesn.com/2010/02/nike-signs-projected-top-pick-ndamukong-suh-to-endorsement-deal.html|title=Nike Signs Projected Top Pick Ndamukong Suh to Endorsement Deal|date=February 5, 2010|last=Canty|first=Collen|work=[[New England Sports Network|NESN]]}}</ref> Suh has also signed endorsement deals with [[Subway (restaurant)|Subway]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/subway_sign_projected_nfl_draft_pick_to_endorsement_deal/?utm_source=Feed&utm_campaign=General&utm_medium=rss|title=Subway sign projected NFL pick to endorsement deal|date=April 21, 2011|last=Dickens|first=Chris|work=SportsPro Media}}</ref><ref name="Chrysler">{{cite web|url=http://www.freep.com/article/20110504/SPORTS01/110504034/Video-Ndamukong-Suh-s-new-Chrysler-commercial|title=Video: Ndamukong Suh's new Chrysler commercial|date=May 4, 2011|last=Jahnke|first=James|work=Detroit Free Press}}</ref> [[Dick's Sporting Goods]],<ref name="Chrysler"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2010/7/20/1578629/video-ndamukong-suh-hunts|title=Video: Ndamukong Suh Hunts Quarterbacks in New Commercial|date=July 20, 2010|last=Yullie|first=Sean|work=Pride of Detroit}}</ref> [[Omaha Steaks]],<ref name="Chrysler"/><ref>{{cite web|url=http://sportsbusinessdigest.com/ndamukong-suh-the-new-spokesperson-for-omaha-steaks/|title=Ndamukong Suh, the new spokesperson for Omaha Steaks|last=Jones|first=Emmitt|work=Sports Business Digest}}</ref> and [[Chrysler]].<ref name="Chrysler"/>
   
 
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Ndamukong Suh
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Ndamukong Suh playing against the Green Bay Packers on January 1, 2012.
No. 90     Detroit Lions
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-01-06) January 6, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
High School: Portland (OR) Grant
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Debuted in 2010 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2010–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2010)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2013
Tackles     186
Quarterback sacks     27.5
Forced fumbles     2
Interceptions     1
Touchdowns     1

Ndamukong Suh (/ɨnˈdɑːməkɨn ˈs/ in-DOM-ə-kin SOO, born January 6, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Nebraska, and earned All-American honors. He was chosen by the Lions with the second overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

As a college senior, Suh became one of the most decorated players in college football history. He won numerous awards including the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American.[1]

Suh has been criticized in the media and by other players for his aggressive style of play and has been fined a total of $216,875 by the NFL for four violations thus far in his career.

Early years

Suh was born in Portland, Oregon. He attended Grant High School in Portland, where he was a two-way lineman for the Generals. Suh earned first-team All-PIL honors on both offense and defense as a junior and was an honorable-mention all-state pick. In his senior year, he had 65 tackles, including 10 sacks and recovered four fumbles, which earned him Parade magazine high school All-America honors, the 2004 Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year, and a Class 4A first-team all-state selection. He also played in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

In track he was the district shot put champion in 2004, and won the OSAA Class 4A shot put title in 2005 with a school-record throw of 61-4. For his all-around athletic accomplishments, Suh was a finalist for the Portland Tribune’s Athlete of the Year.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Suh was the sixth ranked defensive tackle in the nation.[2] Recruited by many, Suh took official visits to Nebraska, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Miami (FL), and California, before committing to the Cornhuskers on January 20, 2005.


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Ndamukong Suh
DT
Portland, Oregon Grant HS 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 275 lb (125 kg) 4.9 Jan 20,
2005 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 9 (DT), 10 (school)   Rivals: 6 (DT), 1 (OR), 5 (school)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:


College career

File:Ndamukong Suh.jpg

Suh attended the University of Nebraska, where he played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 2005 to 2009. As a true freshman in 2005, Suh played in the first two games and had an assisted tackle against Wake Forest before missing the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery. He received a medical redshirt.

In 2006, Suh played in all 14 games as a backup defensive lineman and earned freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News. Despite coming off the bench, he finished the year with 19 total tackles, and ranked among the team leaders in tackles for loss (8) and quarterback sacks (3½). In his sophomore season, Suh started in 11 of the Cornhuskers' 12 games, and recorded 34 total tackles on the season.

As a junior in 2008, Suh recorded a team-high 76 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and a touchdown reception while playing fullback. He became the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. Suh earned First-team All-Big 12 honors in 2008, the first Nebraska interior defensive lineman to earn those honors since Steve Warren in 1999. He was also an honorable mention All-American.

In 2009, Suh registered 85 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, 24 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and one interception. Suh had 12 tackles (seven for losses, a school single-game record) and 4½ sacks in a 13–12 loss to the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship Game, for which he received game MVP honors. He helped Huskers defense rank first nationally in scoring defense (10.4 ppg), tied for second in total sacks (44), first in pass efficiency defense (87.3), seventh in total defense (272.0 ypg), ninth in rushing defense (93.1 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (178.9 ypg). He also played all four quarters versus Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl, helping Nebraska record the first shutout in the Holiday Bowl's 32-year history, as well as the first shutout in school bowl history.[3] He earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors and the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Nationally, he was named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, the recipient of the Bill Willis Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[4] He was also a finalist for the Lott Trophy, Walter Camp Award, and Heisman Trophy.

Awards

On December 3, 2009, Suh was named as one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award. On November 24, 2009, Suh was named one of three finalists for the 2009 Outland Trophy, alongside Mike Iupati and Russell Okung.[5] On November 10, Suh was selected one of four finalists for the 2009 Lombardi Award, the first Cornhusker to receive this honor since Dominic Raiola in 2000.[6] In October 2009, Suh was named to The Sporting News and CBS Sports midseason All-American team.[7][8] Suh began season at No. 3 on Rivals.com′s preseason defensive tackle power ranking.[9] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[10]

On December 7, 2009, Suh was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.[11] Later that evening, Suh was named the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner as the top defensive player in the nation.[12] CBS Sportsline also named Suh their Defensive Player of the Year. The Touchdown Club of Columbus named Suh the winner of the Bill Willis Trophy on December 9, 2009.[13] That same evening Suh won the Lombardi Award for the top collegiate lineman or linebacker.[14] On December 11, at the ESPN College Football Awards show, Suh was selected as the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player and took home the Outland Trophy for the best interior lineman.[15] Suh finished fourth in the Heisman race, accumulating 815 points, which is the highest total by a fourth-place finisher for the Heisman in its history.[16] He was also one of four unanimous selections to the AP First-team All-America in 2009.[17] Suh was named the 2009 AP Player of Year, becoming the first defensive player to receive the award in its history.[18]

Career statistics

Year
<center> Team <center> GP <center> GS <center> TT <center> Solo <center> Ast <center> TFL <center> Sack <center> PDef <center> INT <center> FF <center> FR <center> Hurr <center> BK <center> TD
2005 Nebraska 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 000
2006 Nebraska 14 0 19 12 7 8 0 1 1 0 2 00
2007 Nebraska 12 1134 22 12 6 1 2 0 0 1 41 0
2008 Nebraska 13 1376 39 37 19 3 2 1 0 72 2
2009 Nebraska 14 1485 52 33 24 12 10 1 1 0 2830
Career Totals 55 38 214 125 89 57 24 15 4 3 1 4162

Professional career

2010 NFL Draft

Suh was widely considered to be one of the best prospects available in the draft.[19][20][21][22][23] ESPN.com's draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. described Suh as "maybe the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years" and projected him to go #1 overall.[24] Suh was seen as an ideal fit at either defensive tackle in a 4–3 defense or as a defensive end in a 3–4 NFL defense.[25]

For off the field marketing activities, Suh signed with The Agency Sports Management & Marketing,[26] where Russ Spielman will serve as lead agent. At the NFL Combine, Suh bench pressed 225 lb 32 times and had a 35½ inch vertical leap, the highest for a defensive tackle since Al Lucas (36 in) in 2000. According to Barnes: "He is not a hard worker; he is a relentless worker." [27]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3⅞ in 307 lb 4.98 s 1.69 s 2.81 s 4.44 s 7.21 s 35½ in 8 ft 9 in 32 rep

To prepare for the NFL Draft (and contract negotiations) Suh signed with Maximum Sports Management, and agent Roosevelt Barnes, who would serve as Suh's lead agent. This caused moderate concern for many teams who were hoping to draft him, as this was the same agent who represented Michael Crabtree. Crabtree was the longest 2009 NFL Draft 1st round contract hold out, waiting over six weeks into the NFL season before signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He even threatened to re-enter the 2010 NFL Draft.

Suh was selected second overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, the first defensive lineman the franchise selected in the first round since Luther Elliss in 1995. Suh was the highest selected Cornhusker defender since Neil Smith in 1988.

Detroit Lions

2010: Rookie Year

On August 3, Suh agreed to a five-year, $68 million contract with the Lions, including $40 million guaranteed.[30] On September 12, Suh had his first sack against Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.[31] On October 10, during a game against the St. Louis Rams, he recorded his first career interception off of Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.[32] Suh scored his first touchdown of his NFL career against the Washington Redskins on October 31, 2010, on a recovery of a Rex Grossman fumble.

After an injury to Lions kicker Jason Hanson, the Lions had Suh attempt an extra point on November 7, 2010, against the New York Jets. However, Suh missed the extra point when the ball hit the right upright.[33]

For the 2010 season, Suh led the Lions, all rookies, and all defensive tackles in sacks with 10.[34] He was picked as a starter for the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Lions rookie since Barry Sanders to be picked as a Pro Bowl starter.[35] He missed the game, however, due to shoulder surgery.[36] On January 25, 2011, Suh was named to the All-Pro Team.[37] He was also named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year,[38] the Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year,[39] the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year,[40] and the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.[41]

2011

In the 2011 season on week 14 against the Oakland Raiders, Suh jumped up to block the game winning field goal, to make the Lions 9–5–0.

Suh was named a Pro Bowl alternate for the NFC after the 2011 NFL season.[42]

During the third quarter of the Lions' Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2011, Suh pushed Packers' offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's head into the ground three times, then stomped on his arm. All of this took place after the whistle was blown. Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game.[43] The resulting penalty gave the Packers an automatic first down. The Packers would score a touchdown two plays later, giving them a 14–0 lead and an eventual 27–15 victory.

Initially, Suh denied stomping on Dietrich-Smith, saying he was only trying to get his balance back.[44] However, on Friday morning, the Lions issued a statement calling Suh's actions "unacceptable." Within hours, Suh wrote on his Facebook page that he'd "made a mistake" a day before and intended to learn from it.[45] Fox Sports NFL rules analyst and former vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said that based on his knowledge of league discipline, "the question won’t be if the NFL will suspend Suh, but when — and for how many games." He drew parallels between Suh's actions and those of Albert Haynesworth, who drew a five-game suspension—the longest suspension for an on-field incident in modern NFL history—for stomping on Andre Gurode's head in 2006.[46]

On November 29, the NFL suspended Suh for two games without pay. In announcing the decision, Roger Goodell noted that it was the fifth time Suh had been disciplined for on-field conduct.[47] Soon after the suspension was handed down, Suh announced he would appeal the decision. The NFL held an expedited hearing before former Oakland Raiders coach Art Shell, so that a decision could be handed down before the Lions' next game, on December 4, against the New Orleans Saints.[48] The appeal was turned down on December 2, forcing Suh to sit out the game against the Saints and the December 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings.[49] Suh finished the 2011 season with 4 sacks, a pass defended, and 26 tackles.

2012

During a Thanksgiving game on November 22, 2012, Suh was involved in a play in which he kicked Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin. The incident resulted in a $30,000 fine from the league, nearly double the mandated fine for a second offense of "striking/kicking/kneeing" an opponent.[50] There was speculation the size of the fine was recognition by the league of Suh's history of questionable on-field hits, while others viewed it as a "wishy-washy" and "cop-out" action by the league in issuing a large fine without a suspension.[50][51]

In issuing the fine, Roger Goodell stated, "“Any time you see a play like that, you want to say, ‘Why did it happen?’ It’s hard for us to be able to determine that just from video. Those are the things that sometimes you have to talk to Ndamukong in this case, or the player, but intent is something that’s very difficult for us to ever try to make a judgment on.”[51] Suh denied the kick was intentional, stating his foot inadvertently hit Schaub as he was being dragged to the ground.[51] Suh finished 2012 with 8 sacks, 2 passes defended, and 25 tackles in 16 games (15 starts).

2013

In the Lions' Week 1 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, 34–24, Suh low blocked John Sullivan during a DeAndre Levy "pick 6"; the resulting personal foul nullified Levy's touchdown. Two days after the game, Suh was fined $100,000 for the hit—which, not counting lost pay for suspensions, is the largest fine ever issued to a player for on-the-field actions. He would appeal the fine but the ruling was later upheld by the NFL,[52] which brought the total fines levied against Suh to $177,500.[53]

In the Lions' Week 6 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Suh tackled Browns QB Brandon Weeden in a questionable manner. Though not called for a penalty during the game, Suh was later fined $31,500 by the NFL. This brought the total fines levied against him to $209,000.

During a Thanksgiving game against the Packers on November 28, 2013, Suh sacked Matt Flynn in the end zone, forcing a safety for the first time of his career. On November 29, 2013, Suh was fined $7,875 for performing a throat slash during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This now brought the total fines levied against him to $216,875.

NFL Stats

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Return Yards per Interception Longest Interception Return Defensive Touchdowns Passes Defended
2010 DET 16 66 49 17 10.0 1 1 17 1 20 20 20 1 3
2011 DET 14 36 26 10 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 DET 16 35 25 10 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2013 DET 16 49 36 13 5.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Total Total 62 186 136 50 27.5 2 1 0 1 20 20 20 1 12
[54]

Style of play

Suh has been criticized in the media and by other players for his aggressive style of play and has been fined a total of $216,875 by the league for four violations in the first four years in his career. In a poll of fellow players conducted by the Sporting News, Suh was named "the dirtiest player" in the NFL.[55] As of December 2011, he had been flagged for nine personal fouls in his first two years, the most of any player in the league in that time frame.[46] He was named the NFL's "Least-Liked Player" in a Forbes-publicized Nielsen report in October 2012.[56]

Personal

Suh’s mother, Bernadette (née Lennon) Suh, an elementary school teacher, was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, and is a graduate of Southern Oregon University. His father, Michael Suh, is from Cameroon and played semi-pro soccer in Germany while working as a machinist. They met and married in Portland, Oregon in 1982, after Michael Suh was admitted to a Portland trade school.[57] Although his father is only 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m), Suh's great-grandfather, also named Ndamukong Suh, stood 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m).[58] In the Ngemba language of Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."[59]

Suh has four sisters;[60] he is the second oldest of the children.[61] His older sister and manager, Odette Lennon Ngum Suh, played soccer collegiately at Mississippi State University and is currently a midfielder on the Cameroon women's national football team.[57][62]

Suh is a fan of Arsenal F.C.[63]

In 2012, Suh participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[64] Suh was nominated on Splash on March 10, 2013. He was eliminated on the 2nd week of the show.

During the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Suh rode the zamboni at Joe Louis Arena wearing a Detroit Red Wings jersey during the Detroit Red Wings playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Donation and endowment

On April 17, 2010, at the annual Husker Spring Game, Suh announced a $2.6 million donation to the University of Nebraska. Two million dollars of his gift will go to Nebraska Athletics for its Strength and Conditioning Program, and remaining $600,000 will create an endowed scholarship for the UNL College of Engineering, from which he graduated in 2009 with a degree in Construction Management.[65] His gift is the largest single charitable contribution by any former player, and occurred before Suh was taken with the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Ndamukong Suh, a former Grant High School football star, donated $250,000 toward the effort to bring a turf field to Grant High School in 2013.

Endorsements

Before Suh was drafted by an NFL team, he signed an endorsement deal with Nike.[66] Suh has also signed endorsement deals with Subway,[67][68] Dick's Sporting Goods,[68][69] Omaha Steaks,[68][70] and Chrysler.[68]

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