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The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:19 am

Ndamukong Suh could learn a great deal from the man who has his immediate future in his hands. Art Shell, in this case the arbitrator in the Suh appeal on Thursday, was one of the fiercest competitors the NFL has ever seen. He played on the Oakland Raiders and while the Raiders had reps for being dirty most of them actually weren’t. Many of them were like Shell: vicious, talented, hard working, but not cheap.

Shell is in the Hall of Fame because of his skill but he’s cherished by many who know him for his class. He’s been a head coach, and now an administrator, and hell, he’s smart enough to be damn commissioner one day.

Shell was feared not because he was dirty but because he was skilled and composed. His calmness was more intimidating than rage.

Yes, Suh could learn a great deal. About passion and self-control; about when to turn off the fierceness, how to harness it. Maybe after all of this is over, Suh and Shell could have a drink. Shell could tell stories about the Raiders or more importantly Shell could tell stories on how to be great without losing your composure.

Or the respect of the people around you.



Category: NFL
Tags: Lions

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:41 am

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

I always respected Art Shell. Both as a player and as a coach. Now, after the shadow of Al Davis has been (allegedly) lifted and the stigma of being the NFLPA director, can he save a pro football talent? I hope so.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:33 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

Johnofsd-I agree but would hope all these "professionals" learn to own what they have done.  Like you said, Suh should accept responsibility.  Yes there is a procedure for bargaining but that was meant more for wages, health care and retirements.  Why am I spending time going on about this?  Suh is a child and I shouldn't have to watch him.  Now it continues in the media and I am pretty sure Art Shell has better things to do. 

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:05 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

SFFAN2416: You pose a usefulquestion. Suh presumably is going to challenge the severity of the penalty even if he and his representatives stipulate to the violation. Suh and his representatives will at minimum set forth their reasons on why the penalty should be cancelled or reduced. We may all reasonably believe that Suh is fortunate to receive only a two day suspension. Frankly, I think Suh is ill advised to challenge the penalty. He should simply mature, man up and accept responsibility for his misconduct. Nevertheless, he is entitled to an opportunity to argue for elimination or mitigation of the penalty under the terms of the Colectuive Bargaining Agreement and its grievance procedure.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:21 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

The "kid glove" treatment I mentioned isn't in reference to his meeting with Shell, but the fact that he's only getting (potentially) a 2 game suspension, and also the way in which some reporters are painting this like it's an overreaction to give him any suspension.  Sorry if that didnt translate.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:55 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

Mr. Freeman the content of your article is basically "phoning it in".  Some of us would love to be in your position and write for CBS.  First of all Ndamukong Suh has admitted to doing wrong so what are him and Art Shell going to talk about?  Secondly what is it you have really said?  Was this a tribute to Art Shell or commentary about what Suh did?  You suggest Suh might be lacking?  You really didn't say anything.  If you watched the game, the viewer (at least myself and I have been around a while) saw Suh act out physically against another player in a nonfootball way that could have resulted in great harm.  It is not the first time the new guy had an issue and won't be the last.  I digress though, we read your posts/articles and expect more so step it up.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:21 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

Ndumbagain Suh must first demonstrate he has the intelligence to perform at the level of an Art Shell. Thus far he hasn't.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:08 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

Shell is the person in charge of hearing appeals.  The commish didn't just randomly pick some guy that he thought would be good for Suh to talk to.  Suh should be suspended, but the fact that he is talking to Shell has nothing to do with "kid gloves".  It is just the process that the NFL has in place so that a player is not being punished by only the commish without anyone elses judgement involved.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:43 am

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

Not sure how effective it will be to have an OFFENSIVE lineman talk to a raging DEFENSIVE lineman, but they do both know life down in the trenches.  I still cannot believe the kid glove treatment Suh seems to be getting.  Why does he need to have Shell (or anyone else for that matter) explain the difference between fierce and foul?  Suh didnt start playing this game last year, he's been at this since he was 8 I'm sure.  This whole farce that he's just being seen as dirty because he plays so passionately and fiercely is ridiculous.  Forget Shell, how about Reggie White?  That dude was a destroyer of QBs and humbled more elite tackles than bible's got psalms!  He threw guys down, man-handled them and put the wood shampoo to more QBs and RBs than anyone. BETWEEN THE WHISTLE, and without malice.  White was a competitor and professional.  Suh is just an overgrown thug who, despite all his years in the sport, doesn't realize the difference between aggression and assualt.  Don't tell me how "nice" he is off camera, look at the film! If you stomp on your co-worker you generally get fired, so maybe he should get his 4 game suspension and grow the eff up.  WHEN (not if) he loses it again the NFL should cut him loose and let him see what that personality, athletic prowess and intellect gets him on the street: a job picking up heavy objects for just over $10 an hour and a set of silver bracelets the first time he takes his anger out on a co-worker...

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:31 am

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

One who spells the words "sucks" with an x is in no position to comment on another's ability as a writer. You say he say his statements don't appear to be factual while the article you post the comment on is nothing but factual. All writers, all people, have a bias. If you don't like it, you are allowed to go elsewhere or not read his pieces. In short, there is not one person that wants to hear your opinion about the author of the article, comment on the content or refrain from commenting. Please.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:20 am

The Daily Shoutout: Suh meets Shell

I dldn't even read this short article because Freen=man sux as a writer! Also, more people need to expose him so we can get someone good in his place. You have to always fact-check on his statements which seem to be personally bias and not factual. Let's get a real journalist in there! 

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