Suh's attributes his relentless style of play to his alma mater

Posted Aug 14, 2011

Some covering the NFL have offered some negative feedback regarding Ndamukong Suh's roughing the passer penalty on Friday, but it's doubtful fans in Detroit would agree.

Suh definitely doesn't.

"Aggression is the name of the sport," he said. "Being violent, being very aggressive and getting after a quarterback on that given side of the ball is what you’re known for. That’s what you do and if you didn't do that I don't think you will be playing on the defensive side of the ball in the NFL."

Suh's aggressive way of bringing down opponent quarterbacks began in college, wanting to make sure he imposed his will when he brought them to the ground.

He doesn't believe there is anything wrong with his style of play and doesn't plan to change it anytime soon.

"That's the way I’ve been taught and that's the way I’m going to continue to play," he said. "There's only the fine line of dirtiness and the fine line of aggressiveness. I know to this point and in my own heart that I haven't crossed that line by any means."

Suh attributes that fast-paced, relentless style of play to where he went to school.

In fact, veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch - a player known for his nonstop motor - went to the same school years prior.

"(The tradition) is one of aggression and just imposing your will on any player opposing you and with that we play at a very high tempo," said Suh. "That's why Kyle plays the way he is. That’s just our nature and how I grew up in the game of football. I really didn't feel like I learned the game of football until I got to Nebraska. (I've carried) it with me to the NFL and I think going through that and having plenty of brothers teach me the style of defense (has engrained it) into me. That's where I am right now."

Suh understands that each person will have his or her own opinion, but he isn't going to let those opinions change who he is as a football player.

The idea of hesitating and being unsure of whether he should continue to bring down a player is taboo to him.

"I’m never, ever, going to put myself in a position to where (I'm thinking), ‘should I, or should I not?’" he said. "It’s either you do or you don’t. If he has the ball, then you play. If he doesn’t, if it’s a clear-cut decision... Just like the interception (on Friday). He threw the ball and I pushed him. I didn’t tackle him because, as I was getting there, he was getting rid of the ball."