Suh Named to AP All-Pro Team

Posted Jan 24, 2011

The accolades continue to pile up for Ndamukong Suh after a highlight-reel-packed 10-sack season.
He has been nominated for and received countless rookie awards, including Rookie of the Year by both the Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers Association.
But the recognition hasn’t stopped at naming him the best amongst his fellow rookies. Last week he was named to the PFW/PFWA All-Pro Team. Today, Suh was included as the only rookie named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team.

Suh is the first rookie defensive tackle to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team since the recognition was designated by offense and defense in 1951.

It is perhaps the most prestigious and recognizable All-Pro Team since the AP has been compiling the honors dating back to the 1940s.

For Suh, it is the honor that will refer him as an “All-Pro defensive tackle”.
"It's a great honor and it's an award I've had my eye on along with being in the Pro Bowl,” said Suh to the Associated Press. “Those are two of the highest accomplishments you can have other than winning a Super Bowl and being MVP.
“To be the only rookie speaks volumes about the help I got from my teammates – especially on the defensive line – and my coaches."
The last rookie defensive lineman named to the AP All-Pro Team was Jevon Kearse of the Tennessee Titans in 1999.
That year, Kearse started all 16 games and finished with 14.5 sacks.
"It's humbling and encouraging at the same time,” said Suh of what it means to be in that category with Kearse. “(He) is a well-known player and was a proven player over time, so hopefully I can live up to the standard he set"
This award sets Suh apart from others throughout the league, but it is also a milestone for the Detroit Lions.
Suh is once again mentioned in the same breath as Barry Sanders, who was the last Lions’ rookie to receive the honor.
Running back Doak Walker (1950), defensive end Al “Bubba” Baker (1978) and kicker Eddie Murray (1980) are the only other Lions’ rookies named All-Pro by the Associated Press. Suh joins Baker as the only Lions defensive rookies that were ever named to the AP All-Pro Team.
“I was fortunate to be able to grasp my role in our scheme and to flourish in it,” said Suh of his season. “I'm just going to keep working hard to improve because I'll never be satisfied.”
Looking ahead to next season, Suh is focused on rehabbing after undergoing shoulder surgery on January 10.
Suh opted to have the surgery despite the fact that he will miss playing in the Pro Bowl, which will take place January 30.
"It's going to be tough to not play, but I made the decision to put my team ahead of myself and I don't regret that for one minute," he said.
Suh will split his offseason time between Texas, Nebraska (where he will spend the majority of his rehab time) and his hometown of Portland, Oregon.