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Ziggy Ansah says Ndamukong Suh has been 'big brother' to him

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Ndamukong Suh is serving as a mentor for Detroit Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been called upon to be more of a leader this year. With veterans like Corey Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch departing, it's time for someone else to step up and serve as a leader for the defensive line, and Suh seems to be rising to the challenge, at least when it comes to rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Suh mentioned to MLive's Justin Rogers at his youth football camp over the weekend that Ansah is learning the Lions' defense "so fast, so quick." The Lions need Ansah to be ready to go and contribute early in his career, and it's important for him to have a veteran to lean on, which is where Suh comes in. Here's what Ansah said about how Suh has really served as a mentor for him on and off the field:

"Yeah, definitely, he's a really great guy," Ansah said. "He leads me on the field, tells me what I do right. Off the field, he said if I need anything, he's going to help me out. He's been a big brother to me.

"When I do something wrong, he's like, 'You've got to do it this way.' He's just helped me overall. "

Things like this will go a long way toward Suh being named a captain this season. And more importantly, things like this will go a long way toward easing the transition to life in the NFL for Ansah.