Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been fined, suspended and roundly criticized as a dirty player. But one of the greatest players ever to play his position says Suh should keep doing what he’s doing.
Mean Joe Greene, the Hall of Famer who played for the Steelers from 1969 to 1981, told the Detroit Free Press that Suh shouldn’t listen to those who want him to be a kinder, gentler player.
“He is a powerful man,” Greene said of Suh. “Unfortunately for him is that he’s letting some of this notoriety and publicity get in his head a little bit. By that I mean it changes the way he approaches the game, cause if he changes that he’s not Ndamukong anymore. And you need an edge to play in the pit. Anybody that talks about what you shouldn’t do hasn’t been in there. I think you have to play the game the way he does, but not go over the edge. A couple times he went over the edge, and he shouldn’t be afraid of that.”
Greene doesn’t think Suh’s critics understand what it takes to play defensive line in the NFL.
“I know that when the public gets involved and the talking heads get involved and they talk about something they don’t have any idea about — it’s nice and air conditioned where they’re sitting,” Greene said. “So he can’t let other voices dictate how he plays.”
Suh hasn’t responded to Greene’s comments, but I imagine that once he hears what Greene said about him, he’ll say, “Thanks, Mean Joe.”