10 Reasons Ndamukong Suh Is the Least Likable Player in the League
The Detroit Lions lost all 16 of their regular season games in 2008. In 2009, they fared a little better, earning a 2-14 record.
However, when Ndamukong Suh came along, the team found new life. After a 6-10 record his rookie season, the Lions went 10-6 in 2011-2012 and earned their first playoff bid since 1999.
Of course, one defensive tackle cannot make all the difference to a struggling franchise. Detroit picked up Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and many other capable players along the way.
However, it is non-debatable as to whether or not Suh has made a tremendous positive difference for the franchise.
That said, Suh has also made a tremendous negative difference in the NFL. Here are ten reasons why the second overall pick of the 2010 draft is already the league's least likable player.
Dirty Hits (During Play)
The first and most obvious reason Ndamukong Suh is on many peoples' bad lists is his tendency toward making dirty hits.
Some hits of note:
August 2011 on Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton
December 2010 on Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler
I'll take the argument that the last one was legal, but still an unnecessary act. And dirty.
Dirty Hits (After Play)
After plays have been over, Suh has notoriously made dirty hits.
Some hits of note:
Thanksgiving 2011 stomp on Green Bay Packer Evan Dietrich-Smith
August 2010 on Cleveland Browns Quarterback Jake Delhomme
Of course, the stomp is one of the worst things Suh has done during his career, and solidifies his persona as an unlikable person.
Suh must not be fully self-aware if he really thinks he can get away with things no one else can get away with.
This photo was taken after the stomp during the Thanksgiving Day game.
On Twitter, Suh has questioned his suspensions and fines publicly and has appealed every one of them. This shows he either doesn't have a good grasp of what's going on, or he has fun acting like he doesn't.
It's really difficult to accept and believe a man's apology as he is appealing decisions about his punishment.
He released a statement on Facebook and called Roger Goodell to show his remorse after the stomping incident, but I don't think anyone really bought it.
Truth-Twisting in Commercials
Suh's beginnings weren't super humble. Sure, he didn't grow up as a millionaire, but I consider humble beginnings to be on the streets somewhere, not in a family with a mother who has a college degree.
Any middle-class upbringing with two loving parents in America is a pretty good upbringing.
That's nothing against Suh, I guess, it's just disappointing that he goes along with the whole thing in this ad.
I guess it's just a jealousy thing, but it amazes me that such an unlikable guy gets so much money for being in ads.
Subway, Dick's Sporting Goods, Omaha Steaks Chrysler all have deals with Suh.
To me, this makes him even less likable.
Celebrating at Strange Times
To me, this is just plain funny.
In a game where you're getting dominated by a backup quarterback, you taunt a guy who's not even playing in the game after you make one good play. Silly.
Playoff Game Against New Orleans
In an embarrassing effort by the Detroit Lions in their first playoff game in 12 years, Suh only got to Drew Brees twice and was a non-factor.
Detroit fans were expecting much more out of him in this game as he was pretty much their only hope at slowing down the pass attack.
He came up empty.
Most People Agree with Me
Sporting News took a poll in which NFL players voted Suh the dirtiest player in the league.
Suh also came up fourth in a poll of most disliked athletes by Forbes.