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Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:22 am
 
Suh redeemed himself in Oakland Sunday after serving a two-game suspension. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh returned to the field against the Raiders Sunday after serving a two-game suspension for stomping on a Packers offensive lineman back on Thanksgiving day. Turns out, Suh has pretty good timing because he ended up blocking Sebastian Janikowski's game-winning field-goal attempt as time expired. (Granted, it was 65 yards -- and would've been a new NFL record -- but if anyone's going to make that kick it's Janikowski)

But after the game, Suh had more on his mind than that last play.

"I wanted to address this," he said, via CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter John Kreger. "It's something that I've dealt with and am trying to move forward with. I have apologized about it, obviously on my Facebook page, but also after the game.

"I made a mistake. The biggest thing for me is that I've dealt with and am moving past it, and happy to be back on the field with my team. The biggest thing for me is just wanting to sincerely move forward from it. … I’ve spoken to [Packers lineman] Evan Dietrich-Smith, and I feel we’re on very good terms. He’s a great guy."

So maybe Suh's time away from the game gave him a chance to reflect on what he had done and where his career might be headed if he didn't reevaluate his after-the-whistle behavior. And who knows, maybe we'll be saying the same about Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who will miss Monday's night's game against the 49ers while serving a one-game suspension for a Week 14 helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

For now, Suh is happy to be able to help his team win an important late-season game. He called the block a "great moment,"

"I put my hand up and it hit my thumb and I looked back and saw it twirling and that's when you see me run off and I take my helmet off," he said, via the Detroit Free Press. "I'm usually not that excited about things, but it's what you play the game for."

The Lions are now 9-5, the No. 6 seed in the NFC, and two games clear of the Seahawks, Bears, Giants and Cardinals with two games to go.

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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:45 pm
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brian8ball
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:35 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

You don't know if he is not trustworthy or not, haven't we all made mistakes and tried to weasel out of them. He might take it too far on the field but he will learn and be a great player some day.



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Funny how this gets more press than a guy that deals drugs around the NFL and Chicago area



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

All human beings make mistakes and most of us will try to weasel out of them. He is a young kid put into the spotlight trying to make the Lions a bit tougher and he just takes it a little to far. He'll learn but to say he is untrustworthy is taking it too far you don't know much about him to say that. we need to remember our shortcomings as well.


brian8ball
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:20 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Well said. He is also very young and has great passion for the game. As he gets older, he will learn how to control himself on the field as well. Great player.


brian8ball
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:18 pm
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brian8ball
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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Suh: 'I made a mistake...and am moving past it'

Suh can make a lot of great plays.  That was never in doubt.  However, his stomping of the player on the ground and his excuse that he was trying to regain his balance after being seen by millions of people makes him a COWARD and a LIAR.  And it is who he is. 
40acres,

I was sickened by Suh's actions against the Packers and even more pissed about the postgame interview.  I talked about with some people and one of them made me think differently.  His postgame interview -- he was obviously trying to downplay the incident, with hopes that possibly the NFL would look past it.  His team was in the playoff hunt and he lost his head.

He has been man enough to apologize to his teammates, the fans, the organization, roger goodell, as well as to the Packer player involved in the incident.  Saying because of one incident, it makes him a coward and a liar and that is who he is now is humorous.

As I've stated on here before -- his on the field and off the field image are polar opposites.  He finished college with an engineering degree, he donated 2.6 million to Nebraska to be used for the strength and conditioning program and scholarships for students who can't afford college.  He started the Suh Foundation here in Metro Detroit and runs multiple football camps and has opened his arm to the entire Metro Detroit community.  He bought all new equipment and cleats for a Detroit HS who had their lockerroom broken into and had everything stolen.

You can call the guy whatever you'd like -- but the guy has been nothing but a tremendous addition to the community of Metro Detroit and a hell of a player.  He lost his head for one play and took his punishment.  Just as everyone else, including Suh and the Packer player has moved on, I think you need to as well. 


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