The most terrifying defensive player of Aaron Rodgers' generation, according to Aaron Rodgers, is also commonly regarded as the dirtiest player in the NFL. OK everyone, let's all say his name, together now: Ndamukong Suh.
On HBO's Any Given Wednesday (in the same interview that Rodgers recounted a scary concussion), host Bill Simmons asked Rodgers about the most terrifying player in the NFL. Unsurprisingly, Rodgers named Suh:
Simmons: Most terrifying defensive player of your generation, the guy you were like, "Oh no, I got this guy on Sunday?"
Rodgers: Ndamukong Suh.
Simmons: Because you had him twice a year.
Rodgers: Yeah, I mean one of the most dominant players -- still.
As Simmons pointed out, Rodgers (the Packers quarterback) faced Suh (the former Lions defensive tackle) twice a year from 2010 to 2014 in the NFC North. So, in that sense, Rodgers' answer makes complete sense (and because Suh has 42 sacks to his name).
It also makes complete sense because Suh and Rodgers have a complicated history involving Suh's cleat and Rodgers' calf.
Simmons: Plus he might step on you and do stuff.
Rodgers: You got to worry about him stepping on your calf.
Simmons: Grabbing things.
Rodgers: His feet were a little cold, though, so I can't hold that against him. He couldn't feel his feet.
It's actually not that complicated. In 2014, Suh stepped on Rodgers after a play. The NFL suspended Suh for one game, even though he claimed that his feet were so cold he couldn't feel Rodgers' leg beneath him. The league didn't buy his excuse.
I don't think Rodgers did either. Note his sly smile as he said that last part about Suh's cold feet.
Suh hasn't stopped adding to his list of allegedly dirty plays. Immediately after relocating to Miami, in his first game with the Dolphins, Suh was accused of kicking off a player's helmet and sticking his thumb in the eye of another.
He denied both accusations.