Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Clevelan-browns-detroit
Ndamukong Suh‘s career has been filled with big plays and even bigger criticism, as the Detroit defender has become known for being the dirtiest player in the NFL. But in early November, Suh appeared to be making the transition from a straight-up bad guy to a player who could learn from his actions and play fierce without necessarily raising eyebrows. Suh sat down for an interview with ESPN The Magazine for an issue due out Dec. 10. He talked about how his game has developed, especially after a controversial foot-stomping incident last Thanksgiving. In the interview, which took place Nov. 13, Suh was reflective on how he has grown since the widely criticized moment. “I definitely understand how to channel my aggression in a productive way,” he told ESPN The Magazine. “There are many reasons. One is I went through that situation last Thanksgiving. But also, any man, any child, grows up. You learn from your mistakes or you go backward. I’m the kind of person who wants to move forward.” The only catch is that the way Suh has moved forward hasn’t exactly been different than what got him in trouble in the first place. On Thanksgiving 2011, Suh attracted ire when he went over the line with Green Bay lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith. Suh slammed Dietrich-Smith’s head to the ground, then stepped on Dietrich-Smith as he moved to get up. That wasn’t the last controversial incident, either — Suh has since put the hurt on Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler and racked up a decent list of questionable moves. He capped that off this Thanksgiving, of course, with a little tumble on the ground against the Texans that coincidentally or not sent his foot right into Houston quarterback Matt Schaub‘s groin. Suh’s interview with the magazine will now be read through the light of what happened on this Thanksgiving, which is now being seen as more of the same. While Suh’s words seem farcical considering what happened this Thanksgiving, though, Suh’s talk of growth earlier this month didn’t necessarily mean he was being contrite. “My fire is still there,” he said in the interview. “And when I get a full opportunity to unleash my fire, it’s like the hit I put on Cutler. By no means am I trying to hurt him, but I am going 100 mph and trying to get him as quickly and as hard down to the ground as possible. That’s the way I show my dominance, and I am going to continue to do that. If that situation happens again with Cutler, I’m gonna hit him the same way, if not harder.” Suh also said he doesn’t care if he gets called the NFL’s dirtiest player, saying he’ll “do anything and everything within the lines to win.” But Suh did say he has changed the way he’s played since the Thanksgiving 2011 situation, being more aware of the people watching. He was remorseful about the incident. “It was definitely an embarrassing moment for our fans, and it was for me and my family,” he said. “It’s something that will always be part of the Lions, because I’m part of the Lions. It’s something I will have to live with my entire life. “But it was something you just have to grow from. I have grown tremendously from it. And it will never happen again.” No, that exact incident has not happened again. Photo via Facebook/Planet927 Click here for a gallery of Suh’s controversial hits>> Click here to see Suh’s Thanksgiving takedown>>
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reporter who broke Deflategate story receiving death threats

Sherman not expecting baby on Super Bowl Sunday

Arizona flights delayed due to dense fog

Report: Peyton Manning likely to announce return shortly

Report: Jets, Bills expected to pursue Darrelle Revis

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Falcons being investigated for fake crowd noise

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

WATCH: Gregg Popovich gets nailed in head with a shot

Tom Brady sounds fired up for Super Bowl

Deion Sanders’ charter school shut down

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

Patriots' footballs were 'just a few ticks' under limit?

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

PHOTO: Ezekiel Elliott gets new national title tattoo

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Deion’s charter school shut down

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.