Ndamukong Suh is going to the Pro Bowl.
The third-year defensive tackle earned his second-career Pro Bowl selection Sunday, taking the place of 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith, who will play in the Super Bowl after the 49ers’ victory over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game. As the first alternate at defensive tackle, Suh will take Smith’s spot on the team.
He’ll join Henry Melton (Bears) and Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers) as the defensive tackles for the NFC squad.
Suh, who also was voted to the All-Pro second team, finished with eight sacks, 35 tackles and more than 50 quarterback hurries this season.
He’s the only Lions defensive tackle since 1982 (first year quarterback sacks became official) to record seven-plus sacks in two different seasons (10 in 2010 and 8 in 2012).
“I think he’s had some games where he’s really been dominant,” Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said of Suh last month. “And I think he’s had a good consistent year.”
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters after the season that Suh was the only returning starter on defense to perform noticeably better in 2012 than he did in 2011.
“I pride myself on always being somebody who can make a play and do it for the betterment of the team,” Suh said late in the season. “I feel like I haven’t done enough to really help us blossom into wins, so for playing well, it’s not enough. I can still do more. There’s better things that I could do making other guys around me better.”
Suh will join long snapper Don Muhlbach as the Lions representatives in Saturday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
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