Ndamukong Suh isn’t bothered by the fact that he’s earned a bad rap as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL.
While speaking Friday at his introductory press conference in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers defensive tackle said his reputation has become “irrelevant” to his life but he still believes people should get to know him before passing judgment.
“Before you pass judgment on somebody, I always take the time to get to know them either having coffee with them or whatever it may be, and then be able to go from there,” Suh said, via the team’s official website. “I think when people have seen lists of me as you mentioned, it’s been in a negative light rather than a positive light and that’s due to outlets of media, social media, whatever it may be.
“I can deal with that because I know who I am as a person, I know who my parents are, the kind of child they brought up, and it’s irrelevant in my life. I think the people that know me the best see me always in a good light, see the troubles and tribulations I’ve gone through as any human being goes through in their life.”
As for remaining on the so-called list of dirty players around the league, Suh is willing to just let his stats speak for themselves.
“Being on a list is good and bad, whatever you want to continue to look at it as,” Suh said. “But I’ve been very lucky and very blessed in this league to play at a high level, and I want to continue to do that.”
Suh, 32, was selected by the Lions with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft and remained in Detroit until he signed a six-year contract worth $114 million with the Dolphins in March 2015.
He was released by Miami last March and signed a one-year deal with the Rams shortly after getting cut, racking up 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks during the regular season.
Suh added 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the playoffs before Los Angeles fell to New England in Super Bowl 53.