One thing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh does not have to worry about is his new fan base embracing him.
As Detroit’s selection with the No. 2-overall pick, Suh has been the sought-after player by Lions’ fans since the Big 12 Championship game.
“That’s definitely a blessing,” said Suh of Lions’ fans welcoming him with open arms. “I’m very happy to be wanted by the City of Detroit and I’m definitely looking forward to getting there.”
In fact, the last time Suh was in Detroit for his visit with the Lions’ staff, he boasted on Twitter that he was headed to Allen Park.
He says he received about 50 responses almost instantly from Lions’ fans expressing their desire to have him in Detroit.
“Lions fans have definitely blown my Twitter up,” said Suh. “I definitely appreciate the followers. Now they are great followers because I am a Detroit Lion.”
Suh is not only happy to be in a city with fans embracing him, he is happy to be part of the Lions’ solution.
This draft has been looked upon as a big one in regards to building upon that class and Suh is glad to be at the top of that class.
“That’s one of the reasons that I went to Nebraska,” said Suh of being on a team that is on the rise. “That’s why I’m happy to be in somewhat of a similar situation. I’m looking forward to turning it around as I helped Nebraska teams turn it around.”
As far as Suh is concerned, that process can begin as soon as possible.
He is already eager to get to Detroit tomorrow to meet with the coaching staff and front office as well as address the media in his introductory press conference.
Lions' coaches and personnel are also looking forward to that meeting.
“I talked to a combination of Martin Mayhew, Coach Schwartz and Mr. Ford," said Suh. "It was actually a lot of fun being able to talk to Mr. Ford and hear his voice and his excitement in his voice.
"Coach Schwartz said he was very happy and eager to get me here. He also said that he was proud; just as proud as he was drafting Matthew Stafford last year.”
As far as that moment when the pick was announced, Suh says the moment was surreal.
“I would have never imagined I would be in New York and be able to hear Roger Goodell’s voice say, ‘With the No. 2 overall draft, the Detroit Lions selected Ndamukong Suh,’” he said.
“I’m definitely happy with that and I’m very eager to get back to Detroit.”