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In poll of players, Ndamukong Suh named dirtiest in the NFL


Ndamukong Suh’s reputation as a dirty player isn’t limited to fans and the media. His fellow players view him as the dirtiest player in the league.

In a Sporting News poll of 111 players on 31 teams, Suh got by far the most votes in the question, “Who is the dirtiest player in the league?

Suh, the Lions’ second-year defensive tackle, got 36 votes, easily topping Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who got nine votes.

Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who aspires to be the dirtiest player in the NFL, will have to settle for third-dirtiest: Finnegan got eight votes.

Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo got seven votes, Steelers receiver Hines Ward got six, Dolphins guard Richie Incognito got four and Bears safety Brandon Meriweather got three.

One thing to consider, however, is that when a player votes for another player as “dirtiest in the league,” he’s not necessarily offering an insult. Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, for instance, voted for Suh and proceeded to say that he’d be honored to have Suh for a teammate.

“Suh. I’m not necessarily saying dirty but just aggressive and intense. I’m on the defensive side of the ball. I like the way he plays. I wouldn’t mind having a guy like that in front of me,” Washington said.

So plenty of players agree that Suh is dirty. And some players like that about him.

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72 Responses to “In poll of players, Ndamukong Suh named dirtiest in the NFL”
  1. lgbarn says: Nov 8, 2011 12:08 PM

    There you have it. Nothing like getting the the “respect” or lack of from your peers. You can’t spin this to media bias.

  2. tennis22drew says: Nov 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    Darnell Dockett should be on there- I’ll never forget the camera catching him getting off the turf by putting his forearm on Matt Hasselbeck’s neck to push himself up.

  3. splashtacular says: Nov 8, 2011 12:09 PM

    The only thing dirty about him is the spelling of his name, what a damn headache.

  4. rdrs68 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    players are only dirty if they are on an opposing team-when they are on your team they are labled as aggressive,hard hitting or talented.

  5. billinva says: Nov 8, 2011 12:12 PM

    This all sounds about right.

  6. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    Detroit fans…don’t confuse ‘dirtiest’ with best or most feared. ‘Dirtiest’ is synonymous with cheapest, low brow, and classless.

    He is a good player, but the Niners offensive line pushed him around on their way to 200+ rushing yards so keep that in mind when you tell us about how great he is and everyone is just hating.

  7. mdpickles says: Nov 8, 2011 12:14 PM

    Suh is the strongest Defensive Lineman since Reggie White…just because he can knock two guys into next week at one time does not make him dirty. His job is to cause havoc and disruption.

  8. packersrule12 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:15 PM


  9. yfz450rider29 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    This dirty stuff is getting old. Without a doubt the Delholme hit was over the top. Don’t forget though that was his first NFL hit on a qb the guy was excited. He also should have held up on Dalton. Other than that nothing he has done has been on pourpose. The facemasks are an accident. The cutler hit, and barber tackle were well within the rules.

  10. lionfan419 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:15 PM

    lions fan and he is the man! Haters gonna hate!

  11. greenpacker says: Nov 8, 2011 12:16 PM

    hes not dirtier than the kitchens in the restaurants of whatever country hes from. Nebraska i think is the name of it.

  12. gosuhgo says: Nov 8, 2011 12:17 PM

    Still don’t get it..he’s had some plays that were certainly deservedly flagged. The Delhomme slam was the most egregious. But that was also preseason of his rookie year. He now mostly just does his job. He’s no Dunta Robinson trying to decapitate people or launching into everything like Harrison.

  13. Steeler's Will says: Nov 8, 2011 12:17 PM

    I’m sure this won’t be driven into the ground by rival fans who think this poll means something.

  14. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    I wonder who Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler and Jake Delhomme voted for.

    And when are the votes for Cheesiest PR Stunt and Most Irritating Yapper going to be taken?

  15. forthelove says: Nov 8, 2011 12:20 PM

    Richie Incognito thought his dirty play was well disguised.

  16. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 8, 2011 12:22 PM

    Not a surprise. But, I agree with Schwartz its better than the alternative.

    Although it helps if he improves.

  17. brett76 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:25 PM

    lgbarn…did you read the quotes by Daryl Washington or just the headline??? they said they aren’t voting him dirtiest as an insult….never heard one guy on defense say they wouldn’t love him as a team mate. So he has plenty of respect.

    & besides, who cares??? Only PC bed wetters cry about stuff like this.

  18. abninf says: Nov 8, 2011 12:25 PM

    “Suh. I’m not necessarily saying dirty but just aggressive and intense. ”

    Hey Washington, genius, the vote wasn’t for the most aggressive and intense player.

  19. zoellner25 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:27 PM

    but you aren’t dirty, are you Ndamukong? No Jim Schwartz, he’s not dirty. Whatever……

  20. earthtopft says: Nov 8, 2011 12:28 PM

    The word “ndamukong” has to be a dirty word in some language or other. Not something you would say around your mother if you lived in that part of the world.

  21. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 12:29 PM

    The quote left out: “Suh. After the whistle, he’s throwing guys down, hitting guys, being physical.” — AFC offensive player

  22. sirdrinksalot says: Nov 8, 2011 12:32 PM

    King Kong

  23. stlsteelerfan says: Nov 8, 2011 12:36 PM

    mdpickles: being strong doesn’t make one dirty, but late hits and making asinine jokes about a hurt qb does

  24. leofan1234 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:36 PM

    “One thing to consider, however, is that when a player votes for another player as “dirtiest in the league,” he’s not necessarily offering an insult. Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington, for instance, voted for Suh and proceeded to say that he’d be honored to have Suh for a teammate.”

    BAM! Still love that he is on my team!

  25. orthodoxdj says: Nov 8, 2011 12:37 PM

    If only Pig Pen still played.

  26. cmutimmah says: Nov 8, 2011 12:37 PM

    Sounds like much like standardized testing, this question was confusing to players…

    PS – The person who asked who Jay Cutler feels is a dirty player… Cutler would NOT say Suh. Suh pushed him hard. Mark “Flinchy” Sanchez would call Cutler a wimp if Cutler felt Suh was dirty…

  27. cmutimmah says: Nov 8, 2011 12:39 PM

    PS – Merriweather is by far the dirtiest player I’ve seen (and that’s including Harrison…) I’ve never seen a player lead with his lid so many times over and over again. I wonder why he got benched?

  28. snowpea84 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    The guy with the most dirst on his Jersey is the guy who’s playing the hardest.

  29. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    So what. Mike Shanahan is the most constipated.

    Seriously, none of the players I’ve seen in the last couple of decades or more compare to the likes of Conrad Dobler. There are linemen who played against him that had fingers chewed off.

    Suh’s dirty? Good for Detroit. They’ve been down so long it’s awesome they are getting this kind of attention with a winning record.

  30. section24 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:42 PM

    Rodney Harrison was voted ‘ Dirtiest’ several times and has some rings to back it up.

  31. apmn says: Nov 8, 2011 12:43 PM

    They must not have polled the Jacksonville Jag-whiners. Not a single Texans player on the list.

  32. severs28 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:44 PM

    Yeah well I polled a group of 14 friends and they all said Suh isn’t dirty. So take that Sporting News or whoever comes out with the next “poll” of 1/20th of all players.

  33. cantonbound13 says: Nov 8, 2011 12:50 PM

    Incognito is still in the league?

  34. toegoat says: Nov 8, 2011 1:01 PM

    Uh, what about the other 1500 or so players????? This poll is pointless. And NO I’m not a lions fan just an observer of the obvious.

  35. marcus158 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:18 PM

    Only 111 players? Who did they ask? The Practice Squad guys?

  36. linvillegorge says: Nov 8, 2011 1:22 PM

    In other news, Cortland Finnegan is pissed.

  37. stixzidinia says: Nov 8, 2011 1:23 PM

    Stories like this are a picture perfect example of how soft our society has become. Guys like Bednarik, Butkus, Lambert, Lawrence Taylor are revered for playing the exact same way Suh plays. In fact, the NFL network still pumps up those guys on the Top 100 programs, emphasizing their nastiness as a virtue (in true hypocritical NFL fashion).

    Funny how toughness and nastiness on the defensive side of the ball are now considered “dirty” traits in football. The NFL has systematically removed defense from the game over the last 10 years and now they’ve got you brainwashed into thinking hard nosed defense is a detriment to the game. Thank god I was able to enjoy the game in its true form during the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Today’s game is so watered down it’s hilarious. Today’s NFL game has fallen every bit the victim to Politically Correct as anything else in our society. Shame on you guys for not realizing it and being okay with it. You’re part of the problem.

  38. thesloppy says: Nov 8, 2011 1:31 PM

    Before we jump on this poll as indisputable evidence because it comes straight from the players’ mouths, as opposed to the media, remember these facts:

    1. The poll was taken from 111 players from 31 NFL teams. That’s less than 10 percent of the league.

    2. Suh is in the middle of only his second season….it is literally impossible that he’s played against all 31 of those teams. In fact, in both preseason and regular season play, he’s played against 20 different teams, so literally a third (assuming the 111 players were split evenly across those 31 teams) of those players are talking about someone they have never even seen.

    3. Again, assuming a somewhat even distribution of players between offense and defense, only half of the remaining two-thirds of that player pool has matched up against Suh, leaving you with a best case scenario of 1/3 of the poll respondents actually having played against Suh…..and that’s assuming that all 111 players interviewed were offensive or defensive starters….which isn’t very likely.

    In reality this poll isn’t that much different than asking your average football fan, since the great majority of most of these guys haven’t played against Suh, and are just parroting the hot opinion that they see on Sportscenter Sunday night, while trying to catch their own highlights.

  39. jrmbadger says: Nov 8, 2011 1:35 PM

    “stixzidinia says:
    Nov 8, 2011 1:23 PM
    Stories like this are a picture perfect example of how soft our society has become. Guys like Bednarik, Butkus, Lambert, Lawrence Taylor are revered for playing the exact same way Suh plays.”

    Back in my day…. I had to walk uphill both ways in the snow barefoot.

  40. comeonnowguys says: Nov 8, 2011 1:39 PM


    Then don’t watch. Simple as that. Change happens.

  41. gb4mn0 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:43 PM

    Since the players agree that he’s the “dirtiest player” it probably would have been to Suh’s benefit if he had gone to Penn state and learned to take a shower with their former DC shower expert Sandusky. It’s obvious that Carl Blowieni, DC at Neb didn’t teach him how to shower or he wouldn’t be that dirty.

  42. footballhistorian says: Nov 8, 2011 1:46 PM

    Warren (the) Sapp should still be on this list…well, if they would create a list called “Biggest @$$holes in NFL History” – that may work instead.

  43. choknugget says: Nov 8, 2011 1:47 PM

    Who should Suh contact to set up a meeting about this?

  44. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 8, 2011 1:50 PM

    Suh is a hard-nosed competitor. A real football player.

    Unlike a certain East Dakota player who actually lined his foot up to kick a guy in the balls. I bet Brian Robison would have gotten some votes if anyone in the league actually knew who he was.

  45. juanhughjazz says: Nov 8, 2011 1:52 PM

    hyperbole much? suh has only been penalized 4 times this year, and that’s with a microscope on him every game. people are just pissed that they can’t push around our linemen anymore.

  46. mr86ism says: Nov 8, 2011 1:56 PM

    In a league once dominated by men, now occupied by showboats and pretty boys, this does not surprise me at all

  47. thespeaker08 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:57 PM

    Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White, and Mean Joe Green are laughing their bloodied face off at Suh being deemed dirty.

  48. spencodude says: Nov 8, 2011 1:58 PM

    Tiki didn’t get a vote? i bet he’s flabbergasted.

  49. rmc1995 says: Nov 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    Love the Sporting News photo of Suh as he’s being called the dirtiest player. I wonder if Williams gets called for the illegal hands to the face on Suh in that photo. Probably no. Olineman have been getting away with this all season on Suh and it’s easier to hide when he’s being double teamed. If you can’t block him hold him. If you can’t hold him try to get him to retaliate with a personal foul. If he won’t bite call him dirty and hope the refs do.

  50. woodyg says: Nov 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    The real problem here is not who thinks what …… The problem is that those 15-yard penalties that “So-So-Suh” will commit eventually will be a key contribution to another Lion loss ……

    Lion Fans will want “So-So-Suh” gone eventually no matter how much they apologize for him now ….. It’s all about winning ……

  51. granadafan says: Nov 8, 2011 2:03 PM

    Those questioning the poll clearly have no concept about how polls are taken in random sampling. Obviously, you can’t interview EVERY player. That’s why it’s a poll. A real poll is taken via statistical sampling of the total number of players with only one vote (ie., not being able to vote for Suh 10 times). However, if they allowed players to call in/text/email their own vote or allowed to vote more than once, than the poll would be useless, just like most online polls.

  52. texansmike says: Nov 8, 2011 2:06 PM

    What? No love for us here in Houston?

  53. test2402 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:14 PM

    He probably has a bonus in his contract for this accomplishment.

  54. pir8life says: Nov 8, 2011 2:17 PM

    Translation: “Suh named best player in the NFL”

  55. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 2:30 PM

    Warren Sapp called Suh out for showboating, being an idiot and helmet ripping. I’ll defer to his judgement. Something about having earned credibility…

  56. jgat12 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:31 PM

    “Suh” is a girl’s name, heck of a player tho!

  57. bleedgreen11 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    31 teams huh? I take it the Lions weren’t in on this poll?

  58. cowhawkfan says: Nov 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    Is it any wonder there are two Steelers in the Top 5?

  59. detroitrollin22 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:06 PM

    In another poll 31 Starting QBs voted that they wished Suh was on their team to escape his wrath.

  60. snarkzilla says: Nov 8, 2011 3:32 PM

    >Translation: “Suh named best player in the NFL”

    Among D linemen Suh currently ranks 24th in combined tackles/assists and is in a huge group ranked 28th for sacks (3.0).

  61. whathappenedtovox says: Nov 8, 2011 3:46 PM

    Most overrated player in the league.

  62. lionsfanatic84 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    Its funny all of the top vote fetters are pro bowlers

  63. jaymc1988 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:27 PM

    suh beat out meariweather?! why is suh gettin such a bad wrap. i could only wish he was a giant! i hope (and doubt) this neg press doesnt change how suh plays because hes a beast and ppl r pissed at him that he beats them everygame and if its not him hes involved by gettin double teamed to let others come free… seems like a bunch of haters and also seems lke everyone on that list is or was at some point really good… againn i said its angry ppl that cant stop them!

  64. malikpeterson says: Nov 8, 2011 4:39 PM

    malikpeterson says:
    Nov 8, 2011 4:25 PM
    Again I will ask this question…what is it with the 49er fans? EVERY article about something “dirty” in Detroit…you can count on a 9er fan chiming in. You guys WON THE GAME…what else do you want? Gahd Damn!

    0 0
    malikpeterson says:
    Nov 8, 2011 4:28 PM
    A brief synopsis of the Detroit San Fran “rivalry” 1.Coaches went at it…moved on…2. Players went at it…moved on…focusing on other teams.3. Lions fans focusing on other teams.4. 9ers fans still swinging on our sack at every turn…..SMH!

    0 0

  65. cjh034 says: Nov 8, 2011 7:08 PM

    “>Translation: “Suh named best player in the NFL”

    Among D linemen Suh currently ranks 24th in combined tackles/assists and is in a huge group ranked 28th for sacks (3.0).”

    I’m not a Lions fan or a Suh supporter…but…it’s unfair to compare stats of all defensive linemen to judge who’s the best. If that was the case all defensive tackles and/or noseguards suck because their sack and tackle totals would be low compared to all the defensive ends and OLB. Is he the best defensive player in the NFL? It’s debatable. But he’s certainly in the discussion for best interior lineman between himself and Ngata. (you could include Raji, Wilfork, and a couple others also but these two are the best in my mind) You have to look at other things with Def tackles like shutting the run down, commanding double teams, etc.

  66. mmmpierogi says: Nov 8, 2011 7:45 PM

    juanhughjazz says: Nov 8, 2011 1:52 PM

    hyperbole much? suh has only been penalized 4 times this year, and that’s with a microscope on him every game. people are just pissed that they can’t push around our linemen anymore.


    … or annoyed that he goes off to the media and runs his mouth or whines, and gets more attention on him for it.

    In all honesty, the guy is undeniably gifted and has a great career ahead of him, barring injury or something unpredictable. That said, he comes off as having the maturity level of an arrogant teenager at times. If he would shut his mouth, make some better decisions about what he says and does, and start acting more like a leader, he wouldn’t be so damned grating.

  67. 2wheels2many says: Nov 8, 2011 9:13 PM

    So so Suh? Really?! Plain and simple foolishness and you know it. Say what you will(and I know that you will), but Suh is a quality DT that would start on any of the 32 teams. Laughable.

  68. iminyrhead says: Nov 8, 2011 11:33 PM

    Dirty?? Hmmmm, if i’m not mistaken, not a SINGLE hit that Suh has put on a player has injured or put a player out of a game! Delhome got his helmet ripped off and stayed in the game .. Dalton never missed a play and the Cutler and Barber tackles were fine. Now lets take a look at two so called “dirty” players that have caused players to miss time ,,, ehhh hmmm, James Harrison and Duanta Robinson. If anything, D. Robinson is the DIRTIEST player in the NFL. Harrison is equally as aggressive as Suh. Sounds like a bunch of p***y’s voting …

  69. teejay6 says: Nov 9, 2011 1:26 AM

    Great News! Perhaps we can get Alice Cooper to sing “No more Mr. Nice Guy” Plllleeease. Would go great at halftime turkey day right after Nickelback gets the crowd in the right mood. Go Lions!

  70. odds75to1 says: Nov 9, 2011 1:45 AM

    seriously, all 31 other teams wish he was on their D-line…you all know it. And some people need to look up the definition of dirty and aggressive…then get back to me.

  71. staffordsyear says: Nov 10, 2011 3:56 AM


    I could do without the nickelback.

  72. dewalt2990 says: Nov 10, 2011 7:56 PM

    6-2….(and the third most talked about team on twitter, lol)…..I’ll take dirty. Theres an identity here now…not every team has that.

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