NFL: Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh Should Welcome Dirty Reputation, Not Shun It

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIINovember 9, 2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23:  Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions smiles while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 23-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ndamukong Suh was recently voted the dirtiest player in the NFL by his football-playing peers—a reputation he doesn't agree with.

Suh is a controversial player, known to body-slam, grab opponents' facemasks and play with a chip on his shoulder.

The Detroit Lion is regarded as one of the better defensive linemen in the NFL and is feared by quarterbacks and offensive linemen across the league.

Hence, opposing players try to bring down the defensive tackle by calling him dirty, unnecessarily rough and mean.

The truth? Suh is just good.

The former Nebraska Cornhusker jumped onto the scene last year as a star rookie and helped change the mindset in Detroit.

This year, the Lions are 6-2 and are looking to capture their first playoff appearance in a long time.

Suh's play has propelled the team to a good record, as he's been a force in the trenches for the Motor City football team.

Now that he's developed a reputation of being a dirty player, Suh should embrace his new role in the NFL.

Feared linemen like Julius Peppers and Dwight Freeney didn't become the best at their position by playing nice.

Ray Lewis isn't revered as one of the best middle linebackers in the game because offensive players like to block him or get tackled by him.

Ndamukong Suh needs to understand that to be the best at what he does, he needs to instill fear in his opponent.

He needs to line up every Sunday and scare the other team into submission. He needs to be dirty.

What, 300-pound man that is paid to hurt people is also expected to be nice?

The media is trying to paint Suh as a villain, when really he's a top-level player who is doing his job.

Down in the NFL trenches, a lot of dirty play goes on—for some reason, Suh's play is exposed.

Instead of shunning the dirty reputation, Ndamukong Suh needs to accept his role as one of the game's best and perpetuate the fear in his opponents' hearts.