During the Detroit Lions matchup with the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, popular Lions player Ndamukong Suh sacked Jay Cutler to the ground to bring his season total to 3.5. Fans booed and wanted a call for unnecessary roughness, or a horse-collar tackle. Ultimately no flag was thrown, and no fine was given after the game. The play did cause Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall to call out Suh’s actions on Twitter. Coincidentally, Suh was named the NFL’s least liked player this week in Forbes magazine.
Suh led the way on the Forbes list with a 19% liked rating. The opponent who was the subject of this week’s latest Suh controversy appeared at number two with a 21% rating. Marshall took to Twitter after Monday’s game to say, “A Suh. What u did to Jay wasn’t cool. Great players don’t have to do that.” Marshall did not appear on the list of least liked players. Apparently fans polled by Forbes respect the former wife beater and player with a mile long list of off-field issues.
Last year, Suh placed himself in a situation ultimately linking him as a dirty player. During the 2011 Thanksgiving game versus the Green Bay Packers, Suh stomped on the arm of a Packers offensive lineman. The play saw Suh penalized, and ejected from the game. Later, Suh would be suspended for two games without pay and fined by the league.
Outside of football, Suh is a soft, gentle human being. The man donated $2.6 million to his former alma mater, and the donation is the single largest amount by a former college player.
Suh has endorsement deals with Nike, Subway, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Chrysler. I don’t see any of these sponsors dropping Suh because of his recent hit on Cutler. These firms also are brushing off this Forbes poll from the fans.
Suh was taken by the Lions with the number two overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. At the University of Nebraska, Suh was dominant. While playing at Nebraska, Suh helped the football team post some of the best defensive numbers on the year, including holding opponents to 10 points a game on average. Suh was not drafted to be a soft player on the field worried about getting penalized. The Lions spent the number two pick on Suh to create a defensive line that would scare opponents.
For Lions fans like myself, the hit on Cutler could become just the charge Suh needs to get going. After posting a strong rookie season in 2010 that saw Suh record 66 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception, Suh has been lackluster. In 2011, Suh recorded 36 tackles and 4 sacks, in 14 games played due to suspension. In the current 2012 season, Suh has 11 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Here’s hoping that all this least liked talk fuels Suh to crush more quarterbacks to the ground.