Last season, Ndamukong Suh became the most vilified man in football -- the poster boy for gratuitous violence and dirty play. Suh knows what most people think of him: that he's an angry and violent player, hell-bent on destruction. But behind the human wrecking ball lies a quiet, thoughtful 25-year-old who still lives in his dad's house. GQ's Jeanne Marie Laskas reveals that he may just be a player stuck in full throttle ...
Suh was suspended two games for stomping Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith last season:
Suh's dad was at Ford Field on that Thanksgiving Day when his son got ejected for stomping Evan Dietrich-Smith (who would go on to hate having his career deﬁned by two seconds of airtime -- the guy who got stomped). "I saw it," Suh's dad recalls. "I thought, it's part of the game. A lot of violent things happen. Referees always read the reaction. They do not see the action that started it." Context, he says. Everything in context. "It did not look like a stomp to me, it looked like somebody grabbing you and you trying to shake him off." Bam! The foot. Dietrich-Smith's arm. Slow it down. Look at it again. Slow it down. That's what happened, Suh's dad says. Anybody looks at anything long enough, they'll see what they want to see. They wanted a villain, and they picked his son.
Suh is frighteningly focused on football and lets very few people close to him:
"A lot of people don't know truly who I am," he tells me. "And at this point in time, there are not a lot of people I let close enough to ﬁnd out."
I tell him I noticed. I decide it's not my place to tell him his evasiveness is extreme to the point of creepy.
"I don't want anybody in my circle that's a cancer to what I'm trying to create," he says. "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. That's why, like, I guess you’ve gone through a good screening process."
Suh takes pride in taking down the top NFL quarterbacks:
"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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