Detroit Lions Fans Should Embrace Ndamukong Suh, Not Exile Him

Chris MaddenAnalyst IINovember 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions participates in warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 13-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It's been arguably the biggest story in the NFL for the past week. On Thanksgiving Day the Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh appeared to kick Houston Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub in a very sensitive area. For that transgression he's been vilified by the media, fined by the NFL and hated by fans.

In other words, it's just another week in the NFL for Suh.

By now he's used to the negativity. In fact, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some kind of foot-involved controversy courtesy of the Lions star.

The big question is why are Lions fans so perturbed? Fans should be sticking up for him, not bemoaning his actions and jumping on the "trade Suh" bandwagon.

He kicked an opponent on the field, he didn't steal your kid's lollipop—or worse, purposefully line up in the wrong formation like Titus Young (

Honestly, there is no way to determine that he actually meant to connect with Schaub's you-know-what. He was laying on his stomach facing the other way.

He was definitely trying to kick him though.

Again, so what? Do people really think this is the first time a player in the NFL kicked another player on purpose? Dirty plays happen every Sunday and sticking one's foot out trying to connect with an opponent is on the mild side.

By not suspending Suh, the NFL admitted as much. If they could have they would have thrown a suspend-Suh party and invited all their friends. Roger Goodell has been waiting for the opportunity and he couldn't pull the trigger.

Even more reason for Lions fans to embrace Suh and give the NFL—and every other fan—the proverbial finger. Suh might be a dirty player, but he's ours. 

No one should be crying about him sullying the image of the proud Lions franchise either. One of the most beloved athletes in Detroit sports lore is Bill Laimbeer.

Now that guy was dirty.

He was universally hated by everyone in the NBA, yet universally loved in Detroit. I don't think the Detroit Pistons worried about their image when Laimbeer was elbowing people in the throat.

Why is Suh any different? Because he drives a car like an 80-year-old, legally blind monkey? Okay, he needs a driver, but Jim Schwartz has an idea to solve that problem (

Let's focus on his on-field actions. He's dirty. There it is. Fans should embrace it like a long lost friend. That's because while Suh might cross the line, he also plays his rear end off every down.

He's also having a great season and makes those around him better. His presence is the reason Nick Fairley is having a great year.

People keep holding on to the fact that Suh isn't putting up the numbers he did his rookie year. Guess what folks, he's never going to. That's because he gets double teamed on every play because he's really, really good.

The Lions are undisciplined and Suh is the poster boy, but he shouldn't be. His intense desire to destroy the quarterback—and anyone trying to prevent him from doing so—is his downfall, but isn't that what you want from a defensive lineman? 

Let the rest of the NFL hate him. Lions fans should don their Suh jerseys, sing his praises and be proud of their villain. Their team would be infinitely worse without him.

Besides, it's not like he's Titus Young or anything.