Ndamukong Suh admits his bad attitude caused problems in Miami, says he’s grown since

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The Dolphins made Ndamukong Suh the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player in 2015, but that didn’t make him happy to be in Miami.

Suh, who is now heading into his third season with the Buccaneers, admitted in a Twitter thread that he caused problems with the Dolphins because of his bad attitude, and said he has learned to be a better teammate since.

“If you’ve watched me play, you know I can be a lot of in your face,” Suh wrote. “I’m a very direct person by nature. My job is entirely about imposing my will on others. So that bleeds into other aspects of my business. For a long time in my career, I was always just saying what I wanted to say. Never thinking about how I delivered the message. Everything changed when I got to Miami. I was in a strong, influential position. So I was just making my opinion known, regardless of how it impacted others. 2 years in, I realized this attitude was: Creating divisions on the team Pushing people away Putting me in a negative headspace.”

Suh said things were even worse when Adam Gase was hired as head coach in Suh’s second year. But eventually, Suh learned to improve the way he communicates.

“Then along came our new coach. I disagreed with everything he wanted to do. But…nothing I said was being heard. I couldn’t get the support I wanted. I realized it was because I had 0 tact. If you’re not careful about how you do things, you end up being the bad guy,” Suh wrote. “So what did I start doing that I still do today? 1. I listened way more than I talked 2. I paid attention to HOW I interacted with people 3. I observed others reactions and adjusted as needed 4. I chose my words carefully to be more empathetic. It was a total 180. There was less arguing & more agreements. I turned my influence on the team into impact. But most importantly, I felt better about myself and my mood improved.”

From all indications, Suh has fit in well with the Buccaneers, who keep bringing him back and have signed him to one-year contracts in three straight years.

31 responses to “Ndamukong Suh admits his bad attitude caused problems in Miami, says he’s grown since

  1. He actually played well in Miami. They were just a average team as usual. I never understood why Tannenbaum signed him. He’s the kind of player you overpay to fill out a Super Bowl caliber team.

  2. Never really was a fan of Suh, but his honesty and inward focus has got me rethinking the way I feel towards him.

  3. Good for him. I agree with everything he said…..for Once. Just proves no matter what walk of life or profession, you can always change for the better.

  4. He is starting to think of life after his playing career is over. There is no role in the NFL for a person that had his toxic traits.

  5. I hope what he’s saying is sincere and he puts it into practice. I’m not sure I believe it, but I hope it. Younger players can learn a lot from older players who have reformed themselves and learned from the past, but it’s not easy to move on

  6. He had talent to be a first ballot HOFer, too bad he is also a headcase.

  7. Suh has been a good locker room presence for the Rams and Bucs. Seems like he has grown up a lot the last 5 seasons. I am pulling for him.

  8. The world would be a much better place if everyone applied the lessons Suh has learned.

  9. Good for you Suh….but we all know you’re still the same person you were before…. a dirty player.

  10. He was 28 years old when he signed with Miami. Took him 28 years to grow up?

  11. It’s called growing up and being a man. Glad he finally figured out what most do before they are in their 30’s. Better late than never…

  12. With all that is messed up in the world this was a great read. Self reflection and change are two things humans rarely do. Especially in a me first society’s we live in. Suh’s honesty and details on what he changed and how he changed can be seen as inspiring. Working on ourselves can be a hard at times but more than worth it.

  13. Well at least he’s starting to figure things out. The real shame of life is that it seems to take at least 1/3 to 1/2 of your life to figure out how to do things right. Its even more tragic that some folks go their whole life without doing so…..

  14. It’s hard to admit these guys just coming out of college are still young and immature. The admissions by Suh are just showing he’s actually growing up. It happens to all of us eventually. Happened to me when I turned 64!

  15. I’ve always found him to be super intelligent and thoughtful. The man has been groomed his whole life to destroy whoever is in front of him. From college to the pro’s, he was rewarded for being the nastiest guy on the field, in the room, etc. It was perfectly natural for him to think that should be in all aspects of his life. Glad to see he’s growing up and understanding there’s a time and place to turn it on, but more importantly, turn it off. We spend a lot of time criticizing these guys for not being able to adjust to “real life”. The fact is, they don’t live “real life” while they are playing. The NFL really should help them transition better from the field to “real life” as their careers wind down.

  16. Among the most over-rated players in the history of the game.
    Spectacular talent, but rarely has a big impact on a game. Watched him for years in Detroit stomping people and posing and oh so tough, but easily game-planned around as his one and only move is the power bull rush. Legend in his own mind, looks like he should be an all-time great, but just never dominated. Jadaveon Clowney, Mario Williams, and Suh, all great for two or three plays a game, and disappear the other fifty. Great talent, but just never really delivered above average performance overall. In Suh’s case, when you add in his legendary (at least in Detroit) bullying, brooding, self-indulgent locker-room cancer personality, I put him in the top five of most overrated ever.
    So you’re not as much of an bleephole as you used to be? Odd thing to boast of, but I’ll wait for someone other than yourself to make that observation before I believe it.

  17. My grandmother Esther had a framed, crocheted observation hanging on her living room wall that’s appropriate to this discussion and life in general: We grow too soon old and too late smart. Amen, Nanna. Miss you.

  18. When keeping it real goes wrong…

  19. This is awesome!! A+ for this guy… It goes to show that a person CAN change. I’m walking away inspired by Suh. Never thought I would utter that phrase.

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