Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle (2005-2009)
(January 6, 1987-present)
- 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner
- 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award winner
- 2009 Rotary Lombardi Award winner
- 2009 Outland Trophy winner
Ndamukong Suh was the sixth-ranked defensive tackle prospect entering his first season at the University of Nebraska in the fall of 2005. He played in one game that season recording a single assisted tackle before a knee injury caused him to miss the remainder of the season. He was given a medical redshirt, however, leaving him with a full four years of eligibility heading into his second season in 2006 with the Cornhuskers.
Suh played in all 14 games that fall, and he was among the team’s leaders in tackles for loss (7) and sacks (3.5). After a solid sophomore season in which he collected another six tackles for loss, Suh had a true breakout season his junior year in 2008 making his impact felt in all aspects of the game. He led the Cornhuskers with 76 tackles with 16 of them for loss including 7.5 sacks. He also intercepted two passes returning both of them for touchdowns covering a total of 79 yards. He added another five passes defensed, and for good measure, he scored a third touchdown on offense on a 2-yard reception.
It all pointed toward a big senior season in 2009, and Suh didn’t disappoint. He finished the season with 85 tackles including 20.5 for loss with 12 of those coming via sacks. He added another 28 quarterback hurries and 10 pass breakups with another interception for a total of 11 passes defensed. Finally, he added three blocked kicks.
The exclamation point to his career came in Nebraska’s 13-12 loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship game when he made six tackles for loss among his total of 11 stops including 4.5 sacks. Despite being on the losing team, Suh was named the game’s MVP.
For his efforts, Suh was a finalist for many of college football’s top awards including the Heisman Trophy and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He came up empty-handed with those two awards, but he made a clean sweep of all the other major awards for which a defensive tackle is eligible taking home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy.
With his college eligibility exhausted, Suh entered the 2010 NFL Draft as one of the top prospects, and he was selected No. 2 overall by the Detroit Lions. His rookie season was a big success as he led all newcomers and defensive tackles with 10 sacks. He was selected as a starter for the Pro Bowl, but was unable to play after having shoulder surgery after the season. He was also named an All-Pro after the regular season concluded.
Suh has continued to be a dominant defender ever since, but unfortunately, his career has also been marked by numerous fines and at least one suspension (a second one was overturned on appeal) for questionable behavior on the field of play. This includes an incident on November 24, 2011, in which he stomped on the arm of Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith and was ejected from the game. He was suspended for two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell who noted that it was the fifth time Suh has been disciplined for on-field conduct despite being in just his second season.
After his rookie contract expired with the Lions, Suh signed a free-agent deal with the Miami Dolphins on March 11, 2015, for six years and $114 million with $60 million guaranteed.
Videos and Highlights
Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Highlights
Ndamukong Suh Tribute Video
Ndamukong Suh Big 12 Highlights
Ndamukong Suh 2009 highlights
Ndamukong Suh interception and touchdown return
Ndamukong Suh Heisman Highlights
Ndamukong Suh 2009 Highlights Part I
Ndamukong Suh 2009 Highlights Part II
Ndamukong Suh 2009 Highlights Part III
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