Ndamukong Suh is the New Lawrence Taylor
The Detroit Lions defensive lineman is taking the NFL by storm and making the Lions a threat again.
By: Athlon Sports | 9/22/11, 6:33 PM EDT
Ndamukong Suh is pretty good at football (in case you haven't noticed). And his reputation as a brutal defensive lineman is reminiscent of the Giants' Lawrence Taylor.
Suh has been fined a few times a few times in his young career (something which he usually disputes) and has become one of the fiercest players on the defensive side of the ball. He's one of those guys that defensive coordinators have to change their whole game plan for. If you want to keep your quarterback alive, then you better stop Suh first, and then worry about the other 10 guys later.
Suh nearly took the head off the Bears Jay Cutler (he was fined $20k for that.) Suh then went helmet-to-helmet with Andy Dalton (that was another $20k.)
And that's why he's so reminiscent of Lawrence Taylor (even though Suh's fines are a product of the kindler, gentler NFL). Suh goes out there and plays like a wild dog and can take over a game all by himself. And the fact he can do it from the interior of the line makes his game that much more amazing.
Suh's Lions have been a laughing stock in the league for years. But his play has given them life and hope again. When he came into the league he proclaimed that Detroit was going to go 16-0. And while he knew that wasn't the case, he knew his tema had to have that mindset if they ever wanted to crawl out of the hole. He's brought respectability to the Lions, something that Taylor helped do with Bill Parcells and the Giants in the mid-80s.
Off the field, the two men couldn't be more different. Suh is an unassuming gentle giant who let's his sister boss him around. Whole Lawrence Taylor was a crack addict who loved prostitutes. But on the field, these two men couldn't be more alike. You could almost say these two men are complete opposites when they're dressed in street clothes.
But on the field, they both can wreck offenses like no one else.
And the Lions, who are 2-0 to start the season have a good shot at making the playoffs. If they do, and if Suh stays healthy, it's almost a foregone conclusion that he will be defensive player of the year. Something Lawrence Taylor was named three times in his career. It would be a surprise if Suh didn't have a pile of hardware in his trophy case at the end of his career.
It's not often that an interior lineman becomes the most exciting thing to watch on the field, but if you happen to have tickets to this week's Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings match-up, don't keep your eye on Adrian Peterson.
Keep your eye in the middle of Detroit's defensive line, because one day you'll be telling your grandkids that you saw THE Ndamukong Suh play. He's just that good.
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