After a personal foul for bumping into an official after a tough drop, it was clear Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew felt very bad. He apologized to his teammates, fans, coaches, and the NFL for his actions in a very sincere, well-written statement released by the Lions (h/t mlive.com).
This well-written apology was after a minor infraction, barely worth a personal foul, which didn't cost the Lions too much.
Suh could learn a ton from looking at his teammates apology. Suh's heartless half-ass apology after his key, vicious penalty was terrible compared to this one. Suh hurt his team much more and got suspended, and still had a crappy apology.
Pettigrew showed huge remorse and gained me a lot of respect for him as a person. He admitted his actions got the better of him. If Suh would have come out and done this, the public would have been much lighter on him.
When Suh does come back to the team, he should get a lesson from Pettigrew on how to apologize. Especially since he's a dirty player, he may need to apologize many times in the future. A better apology and he might have gained a ton of people's respect.
Now, the Lions need to clean up their penalties and play the best football of the season for the final four weeks if they want another shot at the Saints. It is possible, as long as they keep their emotions under control and limit mistakes.
All Lions fans would love a playoff berth, and it will depend on players owning up to their mistakes and moving on. GO LIONS!