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Ndamukong Suh one of six players named a team captain

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Detroit Lions players voted six players to be their captains: two each on offense, defense and special teams

The Detroit Lions announced their six captains for the 2013 season on Friday.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford and All Pro receiver Calvin Johnson are the captains on offense. Kicker David Akers and safety John Wendling are the special teams captains. And on defense, linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh got the nod.

It's the first time Suh has been voted a captain since he was drafted No. 2 overall in 2010. It's something he said Wednesday would mean a lot to him.

"I'd be lying to you if I didn't say (I wanted to be a captain)," he said. "Anybody in any situation of mine ... it's always really something prideful that you can take. Something that's an honor.

"Something that you can appreciate that your teammates, in essence, look up to you and they want you to lead them."

Suh has taken on more of leadership role this season with Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams no longer around. Suh has accepted his new status and has really embraced it.

"I think it's just part of his growth," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "Each step along the way he's done a better job with everything that goes on. He's always been a great player.

"We saw the same maturation with Calvin Johnson and saw the same thing with Matt Stafford. As they were around, they got more and more respect from their teammates and I think it's reflective of that."

Captains are voted on by the players.