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Ndamukong Suh reflects on time with Lions, ‘villain’ image

The former Lion opened up about his time in Detroit and his negative portrayal in the media.

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A Lion from 2010-14 after Detroit selected him No. 2 overall in the 2010 draft, Suh recently had a fun interview on sports comedy/satire podcast Pardon My Take, where they discussed how he’s often painted as a villain, and his time with the Lions.

First, the PMT boys mentioned his bad boy reputation, particularly for incidents during back-to-back Thanksgiving games.

In 2011, Suh appeared to have stomped on former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh issued an apology but was suspended for two games and forfeited his pay.

They’re also probably talking about the 2012 game, when Suh appeared to purposely kick former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub right in the groin.

I wouldn’t know, but that appears painful.

The PMT boys asked Suh if it’s fair that that he’s still got a bit of that reputation even though he hasn’t been fined since 2014.

“I’ve always looked at it as a standpoint as there’s always gotta be a villain and there’s always gotta be the pretty boy. So at the end of the day for a time and period I had been that villain because of my physical God-given talent and how physical I played. So I took as a badge of honor,” he said, adding people will have their own opinions but he’s still out there making plays.

They then reference the December 2014 game against the Packers where Suh is seen stepping on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ ankle. PLAY THE TAPE!

“If you go back and look at the play I was actually tussling with one of his offensive linemen, who pushed me and I stepped back,” Suh said. “If you really look at the situation, it was really his O lineman’s fault and that’s their job—to protect him—so they didn’t protect him.”

Suh said he didn’t know Rodgers was there.

“That’s his fault. He was in the way. I went about my play.”

As for former head coach Jim Caldwell, Suh said his firing was “a funny situation.”

“I’m a huge fan of him. I had a tremendous year under him, so a little mind boggling with that situation,” he said.

And finally PMT asked him if it stunk playing on Thanksgiving.

“Outside of the great people there, playing on Thanksgiving was blast. Outside of having an opp to be on national television we had a great 4-day weekend,” he said.

Now a Los Angeles Ram, Suh and his crew will head to Ford Field to play the Lions on Dec. 2.

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