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Northwest Athlete Profile: Ndamukong Suh

Spotlight On Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle – Ndamukong Suh

There are many scary things about Ndamukong Suh. He moves freakishly well for a 300-pound defensive lineman and gives quarterbacks nightmares.

But perhaps the scariest thing about the Portland native is that he’s accomplished so much at age 24…yet he’s barely scratched the surface of his potential.

Suh grew up in Portland and attended Grant High school, where he was voted the 2004 Portland Interscholastic Defensive Player of the Year. His mother was Jamaican-born and a graduate of Southern Oregon University. His father was from Cameroon and played semi-pro soccer there.

Suh’s father was only 5’8” but Suh got his size from his grandfather, who was 7’3”.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Ndamukong Suh

He joined the Nebraska Cornhuskers and played as a highly effective backup before breaking out for an epic season in 2008. He became the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973 and he scored three touchdowns, returning two on interceptions and catching one as a fullback.

His defining college season was 2009. Leading the Huskers to the top-ranked scoring defense in the nation, Suh tallied 12 sacks and even blocked three kicks.

He won the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award and was a Heisman Trophy finalist. He also became the first defensive player ever to win the Associated Press Player of the Year award.

The NFL’s Detroit Lions drafted Suh second overall in 2010 and he became a monster in his first year as a pro. He had his first interception by September 12 and his first defensive TD by October 31.

He was named a Pro Bowl starter after leading all NFL defensive tackles with 10 sacks and was the runaway choice for the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

It’s downright frightening to wonder just how much better Suh, the amazing product of Portland, can get!

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