Al “Bubba” Baker, a former Lions defensive tackle who was the defensive rookie of the year in 1978, is in love.
Baker told the Detroit News that he swoons when he watches Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, saying that he only wishes he could have had Suh’s talent.
“I have to admit I have a man crush on Ndamukong Suh. I’ve already told my wife,” Baker said. “If I had a body like that, I’d still be playing. There’s no one single human being that can block Suh. He doesn’t exist. King Kong, but he’s retired.”
Baker was the most important member of the Lions’ vaunted “Silver Rush” defensive line, but he thinks the current defensive line is more talented than the one he played on.
“I think we all have seen what they’ve assembled here, and the front that they’re in, they have an opportunity to do something,” Baker said. “I think these guys have the ability to break any record we ever had as the Silver Rush — by far.”
Baker has said in the past that he likes the way Suh plays and doesn’t like the way the league office has tried to rein Suh in. And it seems that no one can rein in Baker’s enthusiasm for Suh.