Ndamukong Suh heading to China to watch the Super Bowl and promote the NFL

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh is headed to Shanghai, China to watch Super Bowl XLVII and assist in the NFL's initiative to broaden engagement

Barry Sanders

Ndamukong Suh isn't afraid to try new things.

Whether it's participating in a road rally race across Europe, trying to find love on a dating game or partaking in a celebrity diving reality show, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle is open to just about any new experience.

Suh plans on broadening his horizons even further this week as he leaves today for Shanghai, China to help promote the NFL in China (Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders made the trip in late November).

Suh will make appearances and is watching the Super Bowl on Sunday at a viewing party at the Kerry Hotel.

"It's definitely a trip of a lifetime," Suh told "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me."

Suh spent last year's Super Bowl in London to celebrate NFL UK's Super Bowl Bash.

"I've never been to China and I can't wait to soak in that culture and see how they live," he said. "I've been researching Shanghai and seeing some of the cool things to do and I heard there's some really good shopping."

The NFL doesn't have a strong foothold in the country of more than 1.3 billion people. In a nationwide survey conducted by CSM Media Research and published in the New York Times, football ranks 20th in terms of popularity in the country, below sailing and Formula 1.

The NFL is hoping to move into the top 10 in the coming years and one day give basketball and soccer and run for their money in popularity.

Suh said he jumped at the chance to help promote the NFL in China to take a trip of a lifetime at the same time.

"I'll be uploading quite a few things through the week on my Twitter account (@Ndamukong_Suh) for people to enjoy and have that experience with me," he said.

As for a prediction for Sunday's game, Suh is just hoping it's close.

"I'm just hoping for a competitive game and one that goes down to the wire," he said. "It would be nice for the NFC (to win) but I'm just hoping for a good game."