Ndamukong Suh on Dirty Player Label: 'Everyone's Reputation Is Skewed'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2018

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 17: Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 17, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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As Ndamukong Suh prepares for the next chapter in his NFL career, his past transgressions have once again come into question.

On Friday, Suh was asked about the "dirty player" reputation that has followed him for years now. The veteran lineman made it clear to the Orange Country Register's Ryan Kartje that his critics should think before judging him: "Everyone's reputation is skewed, you can't know any particular person until you've been in their shoes."

Suh signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams this offseason.

Despite all of his talent, the five-time Pro Bowler has earned a reputation for playing after the whistle and allegedly taking cheap shots. He found himself in several controversies during his time with the Detroit Lions. He kicked then-Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub below the belt, received a two-game suspension for stomping on Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith's arm and was suspended (which was ultimately reduced to a $70,000 fine) for stepping on the leg of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

That's a lengthy list of on-field incidents that don't include "football" plays that have come into question. Among other actions, he was fined a record $100,000 for an illegal block below the knees on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan.

On the other hand, Suh managed to avoid trouble for the most part after joining the Miami Dolphins in 2015, although he faced potential discipline for grabbing the throat of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett during a game. 

Suh's lists of incidents can make one winded when reading them out loud. However, to his credit, he has missed just two games (both due to his 2011 suspension) in his career. His style of play may rub some people the wrong way, but the league has not often sidelined him for it.

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