What can be said about Ndamukong Suh that hasn't already been said before?
After all, when it comes to the college football awards handed out in 2009, it would be easier to name the ones he DIDN'T win, rather than the ones he did.
Nevertheless, in the order of fairness and, in an attempt to provide a thorough account of the Huskers' "50 Greatest Players", let's recap Suh's amazing career and his virtually incomparable senior season.
Easily the most dominant defensive player in recent memory, the man wearing #93 for the Blackshirts had announcers across the country scrambling to correctly pronounce his first name, only to give up and call him simply Mr. Suh.
In the end, it was fitting as Ndamukong Suh was clearly a man among boys.
As a youngster, Suh played soccer, but quickly grew to dislike the lack of contact in the game. He then turned to football.
At Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, Suh was an excellent all-around athlete, but quickly demonstrated his prowess on the football field. Among the many accolades Suh earned, he was named the state Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year and was listed as the top prospect in the state of Oregon. Also a fixture on his team's offensive line, he received first-team offensive honors as well.
As a true freshman at Nebraska, he was injured after just two games and received a medical redshirt.
In his redshirt freshman year, Suh played as a back-up defensive tackle, but still managed to garner freshman all-conference honors from a major national publication.
After a solid, yet unremarkable sophomore season in which he started 11 of 12 games, the legend of Ndamukong Suh began to grow in earnest.
After the firing of Bill Callahan, Suh publicly stated that had Callahan retained his job, Suh would have most likely ended up transferring to Oregon State. Had that happened, Husker Nation would have sorely missed the final two seasons of the best defensive player in Nebraska history.
As a junior, Suh became the first defensive tackle to lead the team in tackles since 1973 with 76, the most by a Husker defensive lineman since 1992.
While also leading the team in sacks and tackles for a loss, Suh quickly earned a reputation as a game changer with two blocked kicks, a forced fumble and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. His second touchdown return came in a thrilling win at home against Colorado and effectively sealed the win for the Huskers.
The video of Suh smashing Cody Hawkins into the Memorial Stadium Turf on his way to the end zone became an instant YouTube sensation among Husker fans. Not only because it capped off a win versus a hated rival, but because it also served as a notice to the rest of the college football world that Suh would be an even more dominant force for the Blackshirts if he chose to return for his senior year.
Following the 2008 season, Suh was recognized as the Nebraska Defensive MVP and a first-team All-Big 12 selection.
Meanwhile, Suh pondered a leap to the NFL.
Nebraska's coach, Bo Pelini, didn't pressure Suh. Instead, he advised his defensive star to do what was best for him and his family. Sure, the Huskers would have loved to have Suh back for one more year, but Pelini wisely told Suh to make the decision that would be most beneficial to Suh.
From this point on, anyone who is even a passing college football fan knows what happened next.
Fortunately, Suh decided to remain with the Huskers and put together one of the most impressively dominating seasons in college football history.
Suh led Nebraska in tackles for the second straight year with 85, the most by a Husker defensive lineman since 1974 and the first time that a defensive lineman led the team in tackles in consecutive seasons. He also led the team in tackles for loss (24), sacks (12), quarterback hurries (26) and blocked kicks (three).
In the process, Suh re-wrote the Husker record book. His numbers are all the more remarkable considering that he posted them from the defensive tackle spot.
Here are just a few of the school records that Suh posted:
His career tackles for loss mark of 57 ranks second in Nebraska history, just 1.5 tackles shy of Grant Wistrom.
His 24 career sacks total (24) was fourth best all-time, his career pass break-ups (15) shattered the school record for defensive tackles and the two blocked kicks he had against Iowa State was a school single-game record.
Additionally, Suh's three blocked kicks in 2009 was a record for his position as was his six career blocks, the best ever by a defensive lineman, and just one shy of the school record for all positions.
With a true nose for the ball, Suh had at least one tackle for loss in 21 of his last 25 games and he registered five total tackles or better in 15 of his final 20 games.
Suh also had a penchant for showing up in big games.
In the Big 12 Championship against Texas, a game in which hardly anyone thought the Huskers would be competitive, Suh had a monster game.
With a national audience watching, Suh stepped up and recorded a game-high 12 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks as he tossed Colt McCoy around like a rag doll and begrudgingly won the respect of the Longhorns' fans.
After almost single-handedly winning the game for Nebraska, the awards poured in. Along with winning several defensive player of the week honors, Suh swept almost every major defensive award.
In all, Suh won the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Bill Willis Award, and the AP College Player of the Year Award.
In addition, Suh was named as a finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award and the Lott Trophy.
But the accolades didn't end there.
Suh was also named a unanimous first-team All-America selection, the 2009 CBSSports.com National Defensive Player of the Year, the 2009 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the 2009 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, the 2009 Guy Chamberlin Award Winner, and the 2009 Nebraska Team MVP.
Also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Suh placed fourth, receiving the most votes ever for a fourth place finisher and making him the best Nebraska player to not win the coveted award, with the possible exception of Tommie Frazier.
As a result of all of the hardware that he collected, Suh distinguished himself in various other ways.
He became the first defensive player to become the AP College Player of the Year since its inception in 1998, the first defensive tackle to become a Heisman finalist since Warren Sapp in 1994, and only the fourth Husker and 12th player overall to win both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award.
Additionally, he became the first Husker and fifth player in NCAA history to win both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award, and the first Husker to be named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year since Grant Wistrom in 1996 & 1997.
Considering all those awards and accolades, expect to see Suh's #93 retired along with the 16 other Huskers who have been so honored.
Suh was then drafted by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick. Considered by most experts to be the best player in the draft, Suh probably would have gone first, had the St. Louis Rams not needed a quarterback.
This year, Suh also pledged $2.6 million dollars to the University of Nebraska, just moments before the annual Red-White Spring Game; two million dollars to the athletic department and $600,000 to the Nebraska College of Engineering to be used to endow scholarships.
Upon making such an unprecedented gesture, Suh said, "I didn’t feel like I had to, but I definitely wanted to give back to the university that gave me so much."
Considering how much he gave to the football program as a player, it's not surprising that Suh would feel so compelled to keep giving, long after he hung up his cleats as the best defensive player in Nebraska football history.