You ever played football? What about defense? There is something special that happens when the ball is intercepted, and that’s the all out transition from defense to the declaration of “We got the ball, let’s go score now!” It’s pretty amazing, every defender that doesn’t have the ball is willing to do anything and everything to make sure the lucky interception winner makes it safely to the end zone. Whatever it takes, make sure the defense scores. Ndamukong Suh did whatever it took this past Sunday.
Players have called Suh the dirtiest player in the NFL. Players also voted him the Least Liked Player by Forbes Magazine. Ndamukong Suh has been fined $177,500 in just three seasons and one game into his fourth.
There was the time he didn’t seem to like Jake Delhomme’s head, so he decided to rip it off. Or the time he decided Evan Dietrich-Smith’s arm was a cockroach in the hood and he tried to stomp it lifeless. He did push Jay Cutler like a rag doll, and even though it was within the rules of the game, he was still fined.
This past Sunday, Suh played as only he could. What he did was grotesque and disrespectful. The NFL is already a physical game when players aren’t trying to intentionally hurt each other, imagine what happens when they are trying to hurt one another. After an interception by DeAndre Levy, Suh did the unthinkable and went low to block Minnesota Vikings center, Jon Sullivan. You don’t block people low, especially people your own size. It’s uncalled for, it’s illegal, and for most players it’s dirty, but for Suh it’s not.
Ndamukong Suh is not a dirty player. He’s a crazy player. Suh was fined $100,000 for the illegal play on Sullivan’s knee. Suh is no idiot. Aside from being a perennial All-American in college, he was also a perennial All-Big 12 academic player, posting north of a 3.0 GPA several times while majoring in Construction Management Engineering. So how does someone with so much intelligence rack up more fines than any player in his first two NFL seasons? He’s crazy, that’s how. All football players are wired differently, especially defensive players. I fully believe that once the ball is snapped Suh absolutely loses it. The only thing on his mind is to destroy anything and everyone in an opposing jersey.
In the past, Suh has been ordered to attend anger management classes as a part of his punishment. Clearly, they haven’t helped. Why? You can’t control what you can’t help. Alcoholics don’t go in bars. Drug addicts stay away from dope houses. When you’re angry, you walk away from the situation. Where is Suh supposed to go? He’s making $12.15 million to be on the football field. The same football field where he gets angry and goes mad.
Some call Suh’s play dirty, I call it crazy, but one thing we should all agree on is this, it’s not going to stop anytime soon.