Over the course of his four seasons in the NFL, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has racked up fines for foul play in excess of $216,000.
Suh has been painted as American football’s public enemy number one and has been widely labelled as the dirtiest player in the NFL. Yet on the two occasions I have met him, I have found him to be affable, well-spoken and a very nice guy indeed!
That said, those expecting a cuddlier, gentler version of Ndamukong Suh in 2014 can think again. I don’t sense a change in playing style coming any time soon.
Speaking to me for Sky Sports and the gameday magazine, Suh defended his playing style, insisting:
“I think it’s competitive edge and ultimately wanting to do whatever it takes to help my team win. Once I go inside those white lines, it’s no holds barred and there are no friends out there.”
“I think soccer and football are the most team-orientated sports in the world and you need to have complete passion and complete enthusiasm, as well as great team chemistry and camaraderie to reach your goals of winning World Cups or the Super Bowl. Without question, emotion and high-adrenalin is very key but you have to work on channelling it in the right way.”
So does Suh work on channelling his emotions on gameday?
“Sure,” he said, indicating he was done with that particular answer and it was time to move on.
On Sunday October 26, Suh will be one of the defensive players fighting for attention in what could be an offensive showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium. He cannot wait to finally suit up in an NFL International Series game.
“This feels great,” Suh admits. “I’ve wanted this to happen for many, many years ever since my rookie year and I realised they had started playing games over in London. I’m excited to go over and have that opportunity to play at Wembley Stadium.
“I fell in love with London when I went there in 2011 for the Gumball Rally right after my rookie season. I stayed in a hotel right on Trafalgar Square and had an absolute blast. It will be quite a sight to see the square packed with NFL fans the day before our game.
“It’s a country I continue to love and I want to embrace it even more. My mum used to live there when she was little which is probably why I naturally love the city. I have some great memories of London. I look forward to enjoying a big win in that city.”
You can watch the Ndamukong Suh interview in full on Sky Sports during the 2014 NFL season. You can also read a career profile of Suh in the gameday magazines sold at Wembley Stadium this autumn, including the one quarterback Suh is desperate to sack in the near future!
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