If you're going to talk about Ndamukong Suh, it better be something positive, uplifting and inspiring.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle says he welcomes others' opinions about his play and reputation, just maybe not that of a tell-it-like-it-is Warren Sapp, one of the greatest defenders to ever play the game.
Sapp has been critical of Suh, who's been the subject of widespread criticism after "accidentally" kicking Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin this season, pushing down Chicago's Jay Cutler, and pushing down the head of Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith, among other incidents that stem back to 2011.
Suh told WXYZ.com that he doesn't appreciate the harsh words.
"I don't know exactly what's going on in his head," Suh said.
The Lions third-year defensive tackle said he welcomes Sapp to offer constructive criticism, in order to keep improving.
"To me, you can be a fan and just criticize me or you can be a great person who someone who can be a legend and possibly in the Hall of Fame and teach me something," he said.
Suh said he is still young in the league, and still willing to learn. He was open to discuss how he would welcome advice from Sapp, but didn't address how a potential meeting or interaction would occur.
"You can criticize because you've been in that same position. You've gone through those things, so he's valid to criticize, but at the same time, you don't just criticize and not do anything or say anything," Suh said.
So what's next?
“I don’t know. I really don’t care. And to be honest with you, what’s in front of me right now is Chicago. I’ve got to take care of Chicago.”
Suh brushes off the words of others without delay. He's defensive. He knows what he does, and he knows why people talk about. He just seems like he doesn't want everyone else to be aware of that fact.
His reputation has taken several hits during the past year in the NFL. However, he was known as a hothead while starring at Nebraska. If Suh wants help, like he said in the interview with WXYZ.com, then he must fully accept what others have to say about him.
Part of changing is recognizing change needs to be made. Suh says one thing but does another. He's entering the realm of self-centered and self-destructive star. He has to take responsibility instead of deflect it in jest.
Instead of coming off reluctant and defensive, embrace Sapp and set up a meeting. What better place to make that request to Sapp? You're interviewing with a major media outlet in WXYZ -- the opportunity to say, "Hey, Warren. Please tell me what I need to be told."
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