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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Ndamukong Suh on training camp, dating

By Sam Strong

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s NFL career has been quite a ride.

He burst onto the scene as the No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 draft. He went on to rack up 10 sacks as a rookie -- the most by any tackle that season -- and was named to the Pro Bowl.

Last season was a different story. His numbers dropped (just four sacks), but the most glaring statistical discrepancy between Suh’s rookie and sophomore seasons comes in the “games played” column.

Suh served a two-game suspension for shoving Green Bay offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head to the ground multiple times and stomping on his arm during a Thanksgiving Day game.

Playbook caught up with Suh Wednesday after he led fans in a combine-style workout at Subway’s Fantasy Training Camp to talk about everything from football to his romantic life.

Your rookie season was a huge success. Was it hard to live up to those types of expectations in 2011?

"I always want to be consistent and play at a high level. People don’t always see that you could be playing consistently and not getting the stats that you want to get. The most important thing is that you’re helping the guys around you and your team is winning."

Last season, you were in the news for other reasons. What did you learn from the suspension?

"It’s still a learning process. There are a lot of things that can be taken from it. Mistakes happen. As long as they don’t become constant issues, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about."

Are you concerned that the incident against the Packers has earned you a bad reputation around the league?

"I think my true peers understand who I am and that I’m a hard worker. I’m a very emotional, all-into-the-game type of player. Many of my peers have said that they want to play with me and I definitely take that as a compliment."

You know you weren’t getting out of here without answering a question about your appearance on Fox’s “The Choice.” It airs tonight. What’s going on in your dating life?

"I just thought it was a fun, outgoing thing to do, something that allows people to see the lighter side of me. It was a great experience and I’m glad that I took part in it."