Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh exploded onto the NFL scene as a rookie in 2010, earning Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honors while leading all defensive tackles in sacks (10) and becoming the first rookie defensive tackle to garner first-team All-Pro accolades since 1951.
But 2011 was a different story. Suh missed two games due to a suspension, only recorded four sacks in 14 starts, and didn’t even make the Pro Bowl.
Appearing on KTAR Radio in Phoenix, a humbled Suh was asked whether he believes he’s the best defensive tackle in the NFL.
“No, I don’t,” said Suh, according to Sports Radio Interviews. “I think I have a lot of work ahead of myself to even be considered in that group. But I’m definitely not going to hold myself down in any means in terms of having an opportunity to be up there with some of the greats.”
Suh returned to the Lions’ facility last week to watch game film and attempt to perfect his craft. He changed the subject when asked about his controversial on-field conduct.
“I think the biggest thing is just moving past everything and looking forward to the 2012 season,” said Suh. “Like I said, I was lucky enough to be back in Detroit doing some different things earlier last week and preparing for the upcoming season. … That’s where my focus is and I think that’s the most important thing.”