Agent Roosevelt Barnes told the Associated Press that Suh was just doing his job when he blocked Sullivan while Sullivan was chasing Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy after an interception. According to Barnes, if Sullivan couldn’t take a hit, then Sullivan shouldn’t have been running down the field after Levy.
“Everyone is talking about how Ndamukong shouldn’t have blocked the 300-pound lineman because there was no way he was going to catch a linebacker,” Barnes said. “If that’s the case, the lineman should’ve known he wasn’t going to catch the linebacker. But the lineman did attempt to catch the linebacker and Ndamukong attempted to block him. But everyone wants to make Ndamukong out to be a villain.”
The issue, however, isn’t that Suh blocked Sullivan. It’s that Suh blocked Sullivan illegally by hitting Sullivan in the knees, when low blocks on interception returns are against the rules. Even if you believe Suh that he wasn’t trying to hurt Sullivan, and even if you think the $100,000 fine the NFL imposed was overly harsh, the fact remains that Suh committed a penalty and cost his team a touchdown. That doesn’t make him a villain, but it’s not exactly something to be proud of, either.