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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Dances with Lions: Ndamukong Suh keeps movin'


You wouldn't expect a 6-foot-4, 304-pound NFL lineman to get down to Katy Perry. But baby, Ndamukong Suh's a firework.

Suh, who was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year last season with the Detroit Lions, posted a video on Twitter of him performing a sack dance to Perry's "Hot N Cold." The video was part of a contest for the "Suh Squad," his dedicated core of Internet supporters who have given him over 100,000 follows on Twitter and 20,000 "likes" on Facebook.

Although the Michael Jackson enthusiast made tweens across the country proud by paying homage to the pop queen, Suh said that his typical taste in music is not that surprising.

"I'm pretty mainstream," he said. "I love Drake, Jay-Z, and hip-hop and R&B overall. But I'm not opposed to any kind of music. There's definitely a wide variety of music that I like to listen to."

Suh has no problem holding down the dance floor, but what good is hitting up the club without a crew with some moves of its own?

"The best dancer on the Lions, second to me, is probably [safety] Louis Delmas," he said. "He definitely likes to have fun and is pretty animated."

And the worst dancer? This answer should come as no surprise to avid "Not Top 10" followers.

"I'd probably give Drew Stanton the worst impression of the Dougie," Suh said. "But it's all fun and games. He's a fun, lovable dude."

In his first season in the league, Suh led all defensive tackles in sacks with 10. Playing a position known primarily for its brute strength, the former Nebraska standout said his athleticism and feet play a big role in his success as a football star -- and a dancer.

"That's kind of how I go about things," he said. "I like to dance around offensive linemen and make them guard me and stay with me as I go to the quarterback."

Suh, who visited ESPN on Wednesday promoting sports safety equipment manufacturer Battle Sports Science, managed to find his way into the end zone as a rookie after recovering a fumble. Fans were a bit disappointed with the lack of celebratory moves. But hey, there's always next year.

"No big plans as of right now, but you never know," he said. "Maybe I'll come out with a moonwalk or something of that sort."