Given Ndamukong Suh's illustrious college career (which includes holding such esteemed awards like the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy) there seemed to be irrefutable evidence that Suh would enter, and perhaps even exit, the NFL as the best defensive lineman to ever play in the league.
Suh's postgame remarks/explanations after the Detroit Lions' embarrassing 27-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers (a game that featured Suh slamming the head of Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith into the ground three times, stomping on his arm, and ultimately leading to his ejection) gave irrefutable evidence of another kind.
Suh is unquestionably a dirty player.
It seems quite comical, ironic and even hypocritical to cast such a negative label on an athlete who makes his living in a sport where most of the participants are admittedly trying to inflict mental and physical harm on each other...without anyone getting hurt.
That's quite a balancing act even for seasoned defensive veterans to pull off considering the fines given to players like James Harrison, Ryan Clark, Ray Lewis and Kevin Williams seem to be on the rise with more being added to the list as the year goes on.
It's even harder for a second year defensive lineman like Suh to navigate this approach given the fact that the new rules limiting practice in full pads during the regular season curtails his ability to fully perfect his craft while also simulating game speed.
That might explain why Suh, amid reports from Atlanta Falcons players that he taunted Matt Ryan while he lay injured on the ground, sought a meeting with Roger Goodell and his staff in early November to address any issues with his play. A meeting that also included Lions coach Jim Schwartz and team president Tom Lewand.
Suh's latest incident, which will, or should ultimately lead to yet another fine and possible suspension shed more light on a player who remains disconnected mentally from the reputation that he is primarily responsible for creating.
He would later go on to state,"A lot of people are going to interpret it as, or create their own story lines for seeing what they want to interpret it. But I know what I did, and the man upstairs knows what I did."
Thanks to slow motion everyone knows what you did.
It's rather obvious that Suh cares little about what opposing players, the media and even Roger Goodell have to say about his play on the field.
But after such an embarrassing showing on a national stage, shouldn't he at least care about the position he puts his coach, and more importantly his teammates in?