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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Updated: July 27, 4:47 PM ET
Give Ndamukong Suh his space

By Melissa Jacobs

In the Pro's Questionnaire, our favorite sports figures take an abridged version of the famous personality test, the Proust Questionnaire. Next up is Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, last year's AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, who is working with Battle Sport Science. He tells us about his unrealized potential in the classroom, his final thoughts before the football is snapped and his ironic need for personal space.

Your idea of happiness:
Ndamukong Suh:
Being around my family and playing football.

Your idea of misery:
Losing. Yeah, losing is definitely the biggest one.

Your favorite food and drink:
African and Jamaican food. As far as mainstream food goes, I love Italian cuisine. My overall favorite dish is jerk chicken. As for drink, I love water. Fiji water.

Your main fault:
My short temper. Yeah, definitely.

If you were not a superstar defensive tackle in the NFL, what would you be:
Construction management engineer.

Your last thought before the ball is snapped:
Make a play. You've got to make a play. Be part of the play.

Your biggest pet peeve:
When people invade my space. Like if you just met me and you're too touchy-feely or try to tackle me like you've known me a while. If you know me, that's different.

Hero or heroine you most admire who is not a family member:
I look up to Barack Obama. I also admire someone I just met [recently], Michael Jordan.

Talent you wish you possessed:
I wish I had been a straight-A student. I think I could have been, but I didn't always try as hard as I should have.

Present state of mind:
Happy, joyful and looking forward to getting back to football.

To learn more about Ndamukong Suh, follow him on Twitter @ ndamukong_suh.