In this edition of 100 Days 100 Detroit Lions, we honor former Lion who redefined the position of defense tackle in the modern NFL.
7. Ndamukong Suh
Defensive Tackle. 2010-2014 Detroit, 2015-Present Miami Dolphins
Ndamukong Suh, was one of the most dominating and decorated players in NCAA history. As a college senior at the University of Nebraska, Suh won 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. Suh was chosen by the Lions with the second overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pounder made an immediate impact with the Lions. He led the Lions, all rookies, and all defensive tackles in sacks with 10, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. Suh become the first Lions rookie since Barry Sanders to be picked as a Pro Bowl starter. Suh was also named NFL All-Pro, Sporting News Rookie of the Year, Pro Football Weekly and Pro Football Writers of America Rookie of the Year, as well as AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.
His all-out style of play, dominating physical presence and, at times, line-crossing behavior on the field, has made him the target of criticism from media, fans and the NFL front office – which has fined Suh $216,875 fines plus $187,294 lost wages due to suspension ($404,169 total) for his career.
In his final year in Motown, Suh collected his third first-team All-Pro honor (2010, 2013, 2014) of his career. He has two second-team honors (2011, 2012) as well. Only Alex Karras has as many first-team All Pro honors at DT (1960, ’61, ’65) in Lions history.