The Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh is one of the best defensive players in the NFL today. He is also said to be one of the dirtiest players in the game. After witnessing his actions in the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers, someone needs to really sit this young man down and talk to him. Without agression as a part of your game in the NFL, a player will not last five minutes. If Mr. Suh needs an example of how to be an intimidating force without being fined and ejected, is one person that can be presented to him - Mean Joe Greene.
Does anyone out there remember Mean Joe? A first round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 out of North Texas State, Mean Joe played 13 seasons for the Steelers. At 6-4 and 275 pounds, Greene was a combination of size, speed, quickness, strength and intimidation. He was able to have a Hall of Fame career and win four Super Bowls. All without stomping on any of his opponents on national television. Greene faced multiple blockers, just as Suh does. The most striking difference between the two, other than the era that Mean Joe played in (late 60's - early 80's) is that Greene channeled his frustrations into sack and tackle totals. Suh is going to lead the league in fines and suspensions, if he's not careful.
Just a suggestion. Ndamukong, stop making excuses. Stop saying that the man upstairs or your mom will judge if you are a dirty player. Take responsibility for your actions, man up, admit you have made some mistakes, and talk to someone. Someone who has experience in the NFL. A man who can talk about the nuances of playing on an NFL defensive line. That man is Mean Joe Greene. Do it. Quickly.
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