It's a wonder if Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh took exception to the recent comments made by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger due to his need to keep a squeaky clean image, or he just doesn't understand hyperbole.
Either way, it made for a great quote.
Roethlisberger, in a conference call with Detroit media earlier this week, said of the Lions defensive line, "Well, yeah, you've got to be careful. You'll end up dead if you're not careful."
To that, Suh responded defensively.
Fortunately, Suh clarified the common thought held by many that he doesn't, in fact, end the lives of the opponents he plays against, any of the fans in attendance or anyone whom he happens to see walking down the street.
Thanks for clearing that up, Ndamukong.
The point I think Roethlisberger is making, though, is his own desire to hold onto the ball in an effort to extend plays will be difficult to do against such an aggressive and fast defensive line. The Lions have loads of talent among their front four, and even with 15 sacks on the year - one of only five teams with fewer sacks than the Steelers' 16 - they still get pressure and hits on quarterbacks frequently.
But Suh isn't a killer. Like Ludmilla Volbek-Drago says of her husband, "You call him a killer. He's a professional fighter, not a killer. We are getting death threats. We are not involved in politics. All I want is for my husband to be safe, and to be treated fairly."
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