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Suh says he leads by being affectionate with his teammates

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If you were to make a list of words that describe Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, you’d probably come up with a very long list before you got to the word “affectionate.” But that’s the word Suh used to describe his own style of dealing with teammates.

Asked by Ed Werder on ESPN about becoming more of a leader on the Lions, Suh said he does view himself as a leader, but a leader who’s kinder and gentler in the locker room than many people may think.

“I’m a player that goes by my actions and leads by my actions,” Suh said. “I have an affectionate way of being able to corral somebody, to go along and understand what I want and what I need from them and we can work together and get to where we want to be.”

Suh said that this year, he expects to lead Detroit to its first playoff win in 22 years.

“I would think it would be an absolute disappointment if we don’t make it to the playoffs and have an opportunity to win in those playoff games,” Suh said. “It’s a matter of just putting it together.”

Lions fans will have a lot of affection for Suh if he can follow through on that.

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38 Responses to “Suh says he leads by being affectionate with his teammates”
  1. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 5, 2013 6:30 PM

    He also has an affectionate way of stomping on people’s faces.

  2. kwjsb says: Jul 5, 2013 6:34 PM

    “I have an affectionate way”
    Good for you Mr. Suh, I can see Sports blogs supporting your affection to other players just like Jason Collins

  3. hrmlss says: Jul 5, 2013 6:35 PM

    He give them an affectionate stomp to the gonads.

  4. billsboy88 says: Jul 5, 2013 6:39 PM

    Enjoy that headline with your dinner folks!

  5. bennyb82 says: Jul 5, 2013 6:43 PM

    That title makes me think of him and a teammate watching a movie on a couch at his place. His teammate falls asleep and then Suh nudges him in the crotch with his foot…and I am a Lions fan.

  6. polegojim says: Jul 5, 2013 6:44 PM

    Detroit fans already do… and that will make it even better.

    We believe in Suh – affection and all.

  7. surfinbird1 says: Jul 5, 2013 6:45 PM

    First player that finally has the guts to come out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  8. jda129 says: Jul 5, 2013 6:51 PM

    I’m picturing Suh’s affectionate corraling of teammates as something akin to Lennie and his rabbits in Of Mice and Men…

  9. bathroombenlovemachine says: Jul 5, 2013 6:58 PM

    How affectionate is Donkey Kong Suh with Megatron? How about Matt Stafford.
    There is a rumor floating around that he prefers white meat.

  10. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Jul 5, 2013 7:07 PM

    How many idiotic stomp jokes are we going to see in this thread? So original.
    Try going back and actually watching the tape of it. He barely kicks EDS in the arm. There’s definitely no stomping involved.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 5, 2013 7:10 PM

    I’d hug you Suh, but I’m afraid of being crushed to death. High-Five, but hold still and only let me move my hand so I don’t break my wrist.

  12. noeffinway says: Jul 5, 2013 7:19 PM

    Suh, the person, is a giving and carrying individual. Nothing like the Suh the media has created.

  13. RussianBreadMaker says: Jul 5, 2013 7:45 PM

    Mario Williams kind of affectionate?

  14. huthuthut says: Jul 5, 2013 7:45 PM

    Suh, the person, likes to kick other players in the gonads.

    Just ask Matt Schaub.

  15. dd393 says: Jul 5, 2013 7:45 PM

    Between the driving record and the suspension record, he’s a real hugger.

  16. grumpyoleman says: Jul 5, 2013 7:55 PM

    Has never stomped on anyone’s face

  17. crowgora says: Jul 5, 2013 7:57 PM

    As a Greenbay fan, I hope that the O-Line messes with him again by untying his shoes. That is way to funny not to see happen again.

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 5, 2013 8:00 PM

    Does that mean he leads from behind?
    Wacky hi jinks in Motown…

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 5, 2013 8:03 PM

    Just what everyone wants, affectionate hugs from a 350 pound guy named Suh.

  20. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 5, 2013 8:26 PM

    All these Suh haters would LOVE to have him on their team. But since hes not, theyll keep coming on here and posting crap about him. Losers.

  21. thefox61 says: Jul 5, 2013 9:03 PM

    OH MY!

  22. barbeaux says: Jul 5, 2013 9:40 PM

    He was dominant in college. That big XII championship game vs Texas was ridiculous. I swear he had a real part on every defensive play. Now in the NFL….not quite as much…at all.

  23. chi01town says: Jul 5, 2013 10:52 PM

    Why do Lions fans THINK the fans of other teams want Suh on there team? Suh is a dirty football player.
    the man has pulled off helmets.. kicked.. and stomped on other players. he’s only average at best in the pass rush and below that in the running game. NO Detroit can keep him

  24. warhammer420 says: Jul 5, 2013 10:59 PM

    Did Suh just come out of the closet?

  25. billyb1970 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:02 PM

    I like the guy, I dont care if he plays dirty, id like to see more players like him, football is getting to soft, I know no one will agree but its just my opinion

  26. billyb1970 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:05 PM

    Ill also say id like to have him on my rams team!

  27. kgb108 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:08 PM

    Leading by example is all well and good and how one should do it, but only that is not enough. Look at Troy Polamolau, a quiet guy who sets a great example, but not a true leader who the guys rally around. Sorry Troy, you’re an amazing player but its true. I was the best athlete on my HS team and a captain, but I was reserved and didn’t know jack about leadership. Example alone is not enough, at some point you have to be able to rally the guys around you with your spirit, energy and attitude.

  28. funktron2x says: Jul 5, 2013 11:13 PM

    Ah, the 18th century intellects up in here. Always looking for a witch to burn. Nevermind how stupid you look when you say he stomped someone’s face, nevermind the fact that there’s never been a plural in an incident with Suh. haters be jealous.

  29. bobhk says: Jul 5, 2013 11:38 PM

    @lionsdraftguy says:
    Jul 5, 2013 8:26 PM
    All these Suh haters would LOVE to have him on their team. But since hes not, theyll keep coming on here and posting crap about him. Losers.

    was he really affectionate with you?

  30. dino2997 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:52 PM

    lionsdraftguy says:
    Jul 5, 2013 8:26 PM
    All these Suh haters would LOVE to have him on their team. But since hes not, theyll keep coming on here and posting crap about him. Losers.


    Suh is not likeable. Nor is he a game changer nor is he a winner but yeah go ahead and keep telling yourself that rival fans would LOVE to have him on their team.

  31. brefstink says: Jul 6, 2013 1:12 AM

    Lions Pride!

  32. lushy21 says: Jul 6, 2013 2:22 AM

    the whole matt schaub got kicked in the balzz comments are really kinda pointless. schaubs not suhs teammate. you ever see suh kick matty stafford in the balzz? didn’t think so

  33. jimmylions says: Jul 6, 2013 5:16 AM

    It’s going to be interesting to see how long he remains a Lion considering his contract and the pay cuts D-line players are being forced to take. I’m glad we have him for now.

  34. gb4mn0 says: Jul 6, 2013 8:23 AM

    Suh just shot up the chart of must have players at Winter Park MN. The vikes love players that are “affectionate with his teammates.” (wink wink)

  35. wryly1 says: Jul 6, 2013 8:59 AM

    Opinions on Suh go from one end of the spectrum to the other, but there’s at least one thing that’s for sure: As a top draft pick, we’ve yet to see him accomplish anything that a multitude of undrafted free agents haven’t – in less time – and for millions less in compensation.

  36. desal2ds says: Jul 6, 2013 9:27 AM

    Suh weeeeet!

  37. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jul 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    Everybody together: Awwwwww…..

  38. blackhawks2010 says: Jul 6, 2013 11:47 AM

    …just don’t get in a car with Suh, you may end up being an assesory to hit and run.

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