Ndamukong Suh likes hitting star quarterbacks and the second one that came to mind in his recent GQ interview, was Chicago’s very own Jay Cutler.
“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,” Suh said. “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.”
In the same interview, the third year Lions DT will try to convince you that he’s not a dirty player:
“A dirty player is somebody who ultimately is trying to hurt somebody. There’s a huge difference,” he said. “There’s no gray in that. Like, you have no conscience, no nothing, no guilt. I don’t have that mean streak in me. I don’t play angry. It’s not anger.”
So what’s the point of hitting quarterbacks? Is he saying when he takes them down, he’s not trying to hurt them or is he saying it’s OK because he has a conscience and feels guilty about it.
Maybe it’s just me, but this hit certainly looks like he’s trying to put a hurt on Cutty in this hit, which was flagged and which ultimately led to the Bears beating the Lions as the penalty extended a Chicago scoring drive late in the game:
Then you look at this hit from just last season, where it does look like he’s trying to decapitate the Bears’ franchise QB:
Still think he’s not a dirty player?