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10. Ndamukong Suh (defensive tackle) – Roger Brown and Alex Karras had the skills, and luxury, to become part of a fearsome foursome, but Ndamukong Suh wasn’t so lucky. Regardless, Suh was game enough to become a fearsome onesome.
All by himself (well not exactly – he did have other teammates on the field with him, but you get the point) Ndamukong Suh transformed the performance, attitude, and perception of the Detroit Lions.
Suh’s other worldly talents, drive to succeed, and passion for the game, helped the Lions “restore the roar” of a blue collar town in need of an equally blue collar defense.
The Lions selected Suh with the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 draft. He played five seasons for the Lions, excelling in each one, despite increased attention from opposing offenses.
Though Suh is only 28 years old, and still in the prime of his career, he has already been named to the Pro Bowl four times. He finished his Lions career with 36 sacks, 239 tackles, and a handful of personal fouls and fines.
Some fans and media alike view Suh as a reckless player that often lets his emotions get the better of him. But his large impact on the game, from a defensive tackle position, is astounding and undeniable.
If Lions fans have one (Suh) regret, it may be that the Lions didn’t find a way to re-sign him (though no one really wanted to pay him all that money did they?).
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