Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won't be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl because he recently had shoulder surgery, but that won't stop him from making the trip to Hawaii. Teammate Calvin Johnson is going to play in the Pro Bowl, and aside from making the trip to support him, who wouldn't want to go to Hawaii this time of year?
While Suh is in Hawaii, one of the things he might spend some time doing is talking up the Lions to other players involved in the game. He made it clear that he's going to Hawaii to support Johnson and have a good time, but if other players there ask him about Detroit, he will do his best to deliver a good sales pitch. Because the CBA is up in the air it's still unclear if certain players will end up being free agents or not this offseason, but even if Suh is talking to a guy that won't have a chance to hit the open market for another couple years, it doesn't hurt to plant a seed about playing for the Lions.
As if a trip to the Pro Bowl isn't proof enough of what a great rookie season Suh had, he has received a couple other honors in recent weeks to recognize his play in 2010. On Monday, he was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team, becoming the first rookie defensive tackle to receive the honor since 1951 and the first Lions rookie since Barry Sanders in 1989. (Calvin Johnson was named to the AP All-Pro Second Team.) Last week, Suh was named the 2010 Rookie of the Year by both Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Sporting News. The last Lion to receive both of those awards in the same season was, of course, Barry Sanders.
In other Suh news, he is going to be on The T.Ocho Show on Versus tonight. The show airs at 10:30 p.m. ET, and you can check out a sneak peak of Suh's segment here. The look on Suh's face is priceless when he corrects Terrell Owens, who said the Lions' division is the NFC Central (stop living in the past, TO), so I may have to tune in for that alone.