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Suh Named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 18, 2011 – 2:44 pm

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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29 Responses to “Suh Named Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America”

  1. By Old Boy on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Well deserved =)

  2. By Leonard Carter on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats Suh! well-deserved awards……….and he is ONLY a rookie??? WOW! offensive coordinators, quarter backs,running backs Watch out!

  3. By Adam Estep on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Can you say Franchise player Mr. Ford!

  4. By matt on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    congrats Suh. Suh is already becoming the most dominating DT in the league. He is going to be the staple of this defensive line for many years to come. this team has playoff potential next season!

  5. By John V on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    And he was playing for how long with a dinged shoulder?! Look out NFC north QB’s for years to come!

  6. By Joe Manley on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    I watched every game. Suh deserves every rewards he receives. His play on the field was outstanding and I look forward for things to come. Congrats to you Suh!!

  7. By Billy on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    you just gotta hope the lions can get a winning season next your. all our young talent deserves it

  8. By Cassandra Doran on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Suh definitely deserves this.He played his ass off…and you always know his team means everything to him :)

  9. By Steve K on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    They forgot to mention his touchdown . Never mind Ndamukong , I’m sure you’ll get over it . Well done Big Man ! :)

  10. By Zack from Brantford on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Great for Ndamukong!! And just think, people wants Okung instead of this stud!!

  11. By mike on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    Kepp this young man happy. He will be a biig problem for opposing teams for many many years to come. As long as they keep a few other good players around him he will be a nasty headache for every D coach in the league. Congrats Suh well deserved. Now lets see if you can get the D player of the year on top of Rookie of the year.

  12. By dale from nebraska on Jan 18, 2011 | Reply

    This award is compensation for the one second left in the big twelve championship game of almost putting the BCS in shambles. And also compensation for the Heisman Trophy for the Nations best athlete that he should have won. His class, his character, and his raw natural athletic ability puts him above R.Bush and C.Newton. Well done Ndamukong Suh!! From the Husker Nation. Actions speak louder than words.

  13. By eric on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    well well well. i been watchin the lions since billie sims.This guy Suh is a beast! Best lion pick ever..we finally look 2 have a helleva defense cookin..he is very serious i will tell u that. He strikes fear in qbs..!..look at the year avril &mcbride had! williams vandenbosh..the leauge better watch out..mayhew knows how 2 pick em..even though he should have picked up blount..we need a back like that 2 go wit my man Jahvid..get that damn corner from the raiders 2 go with houston and alfonso..i like spivey..i think yall should just let him play..hes gonna be good..we need 2 linebackers 2 go with deandre..some guys that can blitz an tackle..the o line suprised me..sims is a stud..we gonna get that runnin game know that..its lights out then.. I watched u guys have a chance in every game..the packers bears and jets are a game away from the SB!..we beat the bears beat the packers almost twice..Stafford was killin the jets..when he gets more games under his belt he could be a probowler..with calvin the sky is the limit..man if i can see it..i know yall can..SUHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By Lance Manly on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Suh, Congratulations!

    Well deserved. You earned it.

    These are nice; will look good next to your Pro Bowl 1st team, NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Year and two coveted NFL official awards NFL ROY and the NFL Defensive ROY.

    Nice Job!

    Imagine if the Lions can actually snag an elite Cornerback… you might get 20 sacks!

  15. By Tom Connors on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    The people at Nebraska learned to watch Suh play because he was such a fantastic player. Have been watching Nebraska football for over 50 years and have never seen a defensive player like him. The great thing about Suh is that he loves to play the game and does not take plays off like alot of other defensive tackles that just take up space. He is also a genuinely nice young man with great character, attitude, and work ethic. I have followed him all year long and have now fallen for the Detroit Lions. It appears that the Lions still have some weaknesses on defense – a safety here, a corner back there, or a couple of more good outside linebackers but I believe that magagement will help themselves again in the draft and hopefully in free agency. At the end of the year good coaching took over – -as the offensive lines solidified and the running game came on, team had fewer penalties, better coverage, improved tackling, and alot of savvy shown by three different quarterbacks. To me, this is a franchise, city, and manufacturing that has seen hard times and has turned it around and are on their way to many good days ahead. Congratulations Lions.

  16. By Kyle Smith on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations Suh,

    I have been a Lions fan my whole life and for once, I think this club is going in the right direction..And to all of you that jumped off the wagon years ago we slappies dont want ya back. We have the 13th pick in the draft..Any thoughts on positions, players or free agents…….

  17. By Rocky Bass on Jan 19, 2011 | Reply

    Most impressive? Yes MOST IMPRESSIVE!! And in an additional show of dedication, the big kid is having his surgery done before the Pro Bowl so he’s good to go next year.
    Suh, Best, Pettigrew, Sheffler, Vanden Bosch……It’s gonna get better and be fun next year.

  18. By lion rage on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    just plain awsome ! I’m one of the rare fans in Oregon and Suh has me excited about the Lions for the first time in 15yrs.! Keep up the hog slayin Suh!

  19. By Bigwalt on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    And a PAT attempt…that he could have made, and won us the game:(

  20. By Lions Fan on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Eric, i dont remember you beating the Bears? You must be thinking years ago? Get your stats straight dude.

  21. By Lyinzfan on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Lions Fan…are you really a true Lions Fan? Every true Lions Fan knows that we did in fact beat the Bears this year. Just because some obscure rule that gave the referees too much power, handed us an L instead of a W in the W-L column, doesn’t mean we didn’t beat them!

    Grats Suh!

  22. By Terry on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    Eric is right Lions Fan we did beat the Bears in week one, if that stripped monkey didnt blow the call. Hey it hurt at the time but its easier now because all true Lions fans know that we did beat the Bears in week one. Congrats SUH!!!!!!!!!! Keep it… Mayhew how about trading up for Prince and a OLB round two, or two picks in the first round again adding Ayers!!!!!! RESTORE THE ROAR!

  23. By Shawn on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    SUH is a an absolute beast!! It has been a real pain in the a** being a LIONS fan in illinois with how the bears are doing this year but i’m jacked for the direction that this team is going. The bears can enjoy the success because it won’t last for long. Just need to pick up Nnamdi and Poszlusky and keep Stafford healthy and just see how next year goes. And with Stafford healthy, every DB will be on a highlight reel of what not to do against Megatron!!! Good job boys!! good luck to you in 11.

  24. By Chris on Jan 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think he means we beat the bears…
    we just got ROBBED OF A TOUCHDOWN!!
    …yeah i think thats what he means

  25. By John M. on Jan 21, 2011 | Reply

    What a pleasure it was watching Suh play this year and listening to the young man’s positive attitude. Deserves all the honors he received, and I’m looking forward to that same attitude that I have seen in him, from the rest of the team. A fan sticks with his team through thick and thin, how exciting this is.

  26. By Jordan on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    oh yeah we beat the bears in the season opener and everybody knows it stafford got the surgery look out nfl this team is starting to fiqure out who they are been a long time coming i will be there on opening day this season!

  27. By brian on Jan 22, 2011 | Reply

    Suh is the man! For the past two years the Lions drafted players have been awesome. don’t doubt a single one of them. I’m not worried about the draft at all.. I know we will get our guy to step in right away. Can you give any advice to the Pistons?? I hope Stafford can play a whole season next yr; J.Best can get some running lanes. The way the Lions finished off, I don’t really believe any pos. is of big need. draft BPA, If Det can’t get P.Peterson, P.Amukamara that b nice. I would hope for A.Ayers, V.Miller, R.Quinn, or any o-linemen. I originally wanted to trade up for D.Bowers to go alongside N.Suh=NO OFFENSE WOULD B SAFE!!!!! We’ll see. Pettigrew is a nice force on off. only see him getting better. Nate did a great job. I bet Sea regrets him going away. I don’t really like the o-line but they get the job done. corners they’re young a.smith did tie with a bunch of players for 5 int’s but got beat a lot. (new england game) I hope we can keep hold of houston maybe get whitner, I would take asomugha. I love the d-line, J.Peterson did better then I thought, levy good. I could tell as the season went on even with vanden bosch hurt that suh is bringing the good in every1. players are competiting, just need williams to stay onsides! keep penalties to a minimum. det had a lot of close games they could of won… but in the end a win is a win a loss is a loss. good luck next yr.! better not b a lock-out you greedy sob

  28. By Frank Jordan on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    All I have to say is wow, what a season, and don’t forget to give credit where credit is also due, Lions management finally got it done right and now we can only hope they can remember how winning feels. I’ve been a Lions fan since the early 70′s, thick and thin, I’ve been there, I have more hope for this team then any team in the past, now we have the talent along with a great coaching staff. Lions better hold on to these guys….

    Thanks for this awesome season, the start of a bright future…..

  29. By Detroit Lions #1 on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Suh is gonna be a monster this year!!! In a good way, lol.

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