The transition from college to the pros, in any sport, can be quite the adjustment. There is more to the game when you reach the pro level, as athletes must be able to deal with new forms of pressure, media, and playbooks, while trying to learn the ins and outs of the game.
Perhaps defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh feels the same way.
On Tuesday, Suh said he has had contact with some former greats such as defensive tackle Russell Maryland and defensive end Michael Strahan.
"Michael Strahan, I talked to him this past Wednesday, so I've been able to bounce things to him," Suh said. "I also had the pleasure to meet another great, Russell Maryland, whose was in a similar position, in having a chance to go No. 1 overall, so it was great to pick his brain and see how he approached it, and see how maybe I will need to approach it if I go No. 1 overall."
"Even if I don't go No. 1 overall, it's still going to be very high profile, hopefully No. 1 in my position."
As for the words from Strahan, who knows a thing or two about the NFL after serving 15 seasons as one of the most dominating figures in all the league, Suh said, "He told me to just continue to work hard and ask questions."
"Don't be afraid to ask questions. That's where you lose, sometimes people are afraid to speak up and want to get involved. Don't be afraid to be a leader, but at the same time learn from it all."
Suh say's he, "Definitely wants to talk to him more, because it was all great advice."
What else could you expect coming from the man who owns the single-season sack record?
Sidenote: If you are unaware, Suh is not only a great athlete but a great person as well. He will be donating $2.6 million to his former school toward a strength and conditioning facility and some scholarships.
"I wanted to give back to a program that gave me so much," Suh said. "If it wasn't for that school or that program, I wouldn't really be in the position that I am now."
The NFL will certainly be getting a character boost when both Sam Bradford and Suh are drafted Thursday night.
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