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What’s trending: Good-bye to Suh! [ #MondayMorningMichelle ]


After giving it much consideration, doing some related homework, and paying close attention to what’s been trending, I decided this morning’s article would be devoted to a man who plays in the National Football League, Ndamukong Suh.  Ndamukong Suh is a defensive tackle that most recently played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. His name has been trending for much of this past weekend, due to several reports that indicate he is about to sign a deal with the Miami Dolphins, which according to NFL on Fox will make Suh one of the highest players in the NFL, for being paid close to $114 million.


Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh

Not too shabby for a man who has earned himself the reputation in the media, as well as, among fellow players and fans, for being one of ‘the dirtiest players’ in the league. Part of the reason for this bad reputation came about after Suh made the top trends on Twitter last season, after he stepped on the Green Bay Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers’ during the final season game. I happened to be watching that game, and was among the people who believed that the second step he made was a conscious choice. Suh was suspended after that controversial play and was not able to play in the following playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, he would win a subsequent appeal wherein he would suggest his stomp was not intentional, and although he would be fined the suspension was reversed.

So until this weekend, all I knew of Ndamukong Suh was that he was known for being mean. Going to Miami, after all the bullying that happened last year, seems crazy right? I mean didn’t Miami learn their lesson and shouldn’t they stay away from players who are notoriously getting into trouble? Well, one might think so if making a decision based solely on the negatives about Suh’s bad reputation, but what if Miami is right not to give a damn about his bad reputation, and looks well beyond at the totality of circumstances. That’s what I did, this morning when I considered Suh as the person to focus on.

Ndamukong Suh is not just ‘the dirtiest player’ in the National Football League. He’s also someone who has given so much to the fans of Detroit. So much so, that several fans have gone to Suh’s Twitter account, @NdamukongSuh and begged him not to leave. In addition, there are several posts on Suh’s Facebook page thanking him for all he gave to the Lions. So wait, you mean there is more to this man than the mean stomper I saw last year? Did I judge him too harshly? How much money has he given to charity, and what did he do for his former college, and high school? Was he also on ‘The Dating Game?’ and does he truly want to go into business with his dad, after he exits the National Football League? Could he be a nice guy, after all? Maybe he’s just a mean player on the field, and that’s the kind of player any team might want to have, right?

Pretty sure it was Winnie the Pooh who once said, “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’ As I continue to learn more about Ndamukong Suh, I will look to learn about the things he has done off the field, as well as, the positives.  Not only is he an excellent player, stats wise but he might also be a ‘nice-guy’ off the field.  One thing seems certain, many in Detroit are going to miss him.  [ A look at the tweets shared most by @NdamukongSuh indicate this player is going to miss his fans and the City of Detroit, as well. ]

Is there is a chance he is worth every penny the Miami Dolphins are willing to pay?  Maybe.  So far I have yet to see anyone argue his worth.  Most tweets and reports that I’ve read so far, indicate Miami has made an excellent choice in bidding for Suh. His energy, his passion, and perhaps his fierce form of play might be what this game is all about; Then again, it’s not that I know all that much about football. I’m just beginning to learn what makes a player good. I will share more about Ndamukong Suh this week, as I continue to do my homework and look to learn more . . . Please share your thoughts about this trade and let me know what you think. I would love to include them in my follow up articles, that I’ll share here at ‘Double G Sports’ this coming week.

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Michelle has been a sports writer and analyst for many years. Now, as host of Neutral Court, sponsored by In The Zone, Michelle brings a new sports topic to the debate floor with each episode.
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