Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh continues to have a lot in common with RB Barry Sanders.
Suh has been named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America after he was given the same award by the Sporting News last week. The last Detroit Lion to earn both of those awards was Sanders in 1989.
He is also the first defensive tackle honored as the PFW/PFWA top defensive rookie since Miami Dolphins’ defensive tackle Tim Bowens in 1994.
Suh was the only rookie named to PFW/PFWA All-Pro team, along with being tabbed to the All-Rookie team. Other players on the PFW/PFWA All-Pro defense include Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed.
“Just the athletic ability he has for a big man is unparalleled from anything we had seen,” said Lions’ defensive line coach Kris Kocurek of Suh in Pro Football Weekly.
“He came in with the determined attitude that he was going to prove he was worth being the second pick (in the draft). When you look back, you saw him get better every single game.”
Suh finished the season with 10 sacks, one forced fumble one fumble return for a touchdown and one interception and was elected to the 2011 NFC Pro Bowl team.
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