Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh Has No One to Blame But Himself


The laundry list of suspensions  and fines for Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh started in 2010 in his rookie season. Since the 2010 season Suh has been fined eight times. He has been suspended once. In 2011, Suh was suspended two games for stomping on Green Bay Packers player Evan Dietrich-Smith. Then there was his most recent incident for intentionally stepping on Green Bay Packers quaterback Aaron Rodgers’ leg. The NFL origianlly suspended Ndamukong Suh on the Monday after the loss to the Packers but it was overturned on appeal the folowing day.

In total Suh has lost $216,875 in fines. Which is chump change compared to the five-year, $68 million contract he signed with the Detroit Lions $40 million of which is guaranteed, those fines probably mean little to him.

In 2013 Suh earned himself the highest fine for on the field action in NFL history which was a $100,000 in week 1 of the 2013 season. Here is Suh’s list of fines and Suspensions.

The latest suspension scare put Ndamukong Suh in danger of missing the Detroit Lions wild card game against the Dallas Cowboys and at the end of the day he has no one to blame but himself. It didn’t seem as though his action on Sunday agaisnt the Packers was intentional as some of his other ones, but his past actions are why he got suspended. The Detroit Lions were just lucky it got overturned.

You can judge for yourself if the play was intentional or not. Personally seeing it not slowed down, it sure looks like Suh takes his time to step off Rodgers. It is not like he doesn’t know what he is stepping on, so it is hard to believe that idea. You can decided for yourself.

If you google the phrase “NFL dirtiest player” and scroll through the first few pages of links, there is a similar name at the top of each of them; Ndamukong Suh. Looking at the top three here, here and here all have something to do with Suh being listed or voted as the dirtiest player in the league. That is a search without his name in it.

There is no question that Suh has a reputation as a dirty player. In ways he is like Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison, who also like Suh topped lists and player votes for dirty players in the game. Between the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Harrison was fined $125,000 by the league and suspended for one game without pay for his violent hits.

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Both those guys never get the benefit of the doubt when it came to if their actions i.e. big hits or any questionable hits because they were notoriously making hits that were considered illegal to the NFL. As any professional athlete should know, your actions and the way you are around the sport puts you in a box. That box can be anywhere from good player, does everything right to not so great guy, hurts his team and everything in between. Players like Suh and Harrison were put in the box labeled “dirty player” which yes they may be good players but they are in that dirty player box the rest of their playing career.

I believe Suh is probably a great guy off the field and is more than likely a good teammate. However when he is on the field he has historically made some questionable at best choices. Detroit Lions fans can complain and hate the NFL all they want, but in the end, Suh was in danger of missing this wild card game because of himself. The fans should be upset more with Suh than the NFL, because based on his history, what was the NFL supposed to do? Let us know down below.