Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recently sat down for a profile piece with GQ Magazine and talked about the stomp of Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith last year that earned him a two-game suspension, on being called a dirty player, on why he doesn’t let people get too close and much more.
On keeping a tight inner circle: “I don’t want anybody in my circle that’s a cancer to what I’m trying to create. So stay on the outside and make your opinions. They’re going to be meaningless to everything in the circle. The boundaries are up for me to keep, and a responsibility of my family, too.”
On being called a dirty player: “A dirty player is somebody who ultimately is trying to hurt somebody. There’s a huge difference. There’s no gray in that. Like, you have no conscience, no nothing, no guilt. I don’t have that mean streak in me. I don’t play angry. It’s not anger.”
On playing hard: “Go hard every single play. That’s how I’ve been taught. It’s like, I open the throttle too much? I get in trouble for opening my throttle…just like being on a jet. Like, you know, when they’re starting a plane, you just gradually, gradually throw it into full throttle. I’m always in full throttle. But they tell me now I need to be at three-quarters of a throttle.
On the stomp: “If you slow down and analyze anything, it’s going to look worse in my opinion. It was not intentional. If it was intentional, it could have been a lot worse. If I wanted to go out there to hurt somebody, I could hurt somebody. I don’t want any part of that.”
“I mean, if I wanted to hurt you, I’d go for your quarterback. Because me stopping your play is going to frustrate you more than me physically hurting you. Because I’m just that much better than you. That’s how I look at it. It’s like killing somebody with kindness.”
On quarterbacks he’s targeting: “I love hitting Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler. Ben Roethlisberger, I would like to go against him, because they say he’s one of the hardest to take down. I see that as a challenge, so I would love to take him down multiple times. Peyton Manning, oh, I would love that. I think Michael Vick, I did sack him, one of the most elusive quarterbacks to ever play the game. I took him down with one arm.”
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