Mean Joe Green tells Ndamukong Suh can't let others dictate how he plays

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If Steelers legend Mean Joe Greene is in support of Ndamukong Suh, like he mentioned in an interview recently, it's a wonder what he thinks about Bengals LB and former Steeler James Harrison.

Score one for old time football.

Steelers Hall of Fame defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene is arguably the best Steelers player of all time, and is certainly among the best in the history of the NFL.

He spoke recently to the Detroit Free Press on Lions DT Ndamukong Suh, a hugely talented and controversial player on a struggling Lions defensive unit.

Greene's message? Do what you do.

"He is a powerful man," Greene said. "Unfortunately for him is that he's letting some of this notoriety and publicity get in his head a little bit. By that I mean it changes the way he approaches the game, cause if he changes that he's not Ndamukong anymore. And you need an edge to play in the pit. Anybody that talks about what you shouldn't do hasn't been in there.

Suh was fined $30,000 for kicking Texans quarterback Matt Schaub below the belt in a game last season as the Lions fell from 10-6 in 2011 to 4-12 in 2012. He was suspended for two games in 2011 for stomping on the arm of Packers offensive guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving Day loss to Green Bay.

Greene wasn't advocating Suh's actions on the field - he has established himself as one of the NFL's more notorious players, along with former Steelers LB - and current Bengal - James Harrison. Greene's ire seems more based in the media and among fans for their perception of Suh.

"I know that when the public gets involved and the talking heads get involved and they talk about something they don't have any idea about - it's nice and air conditioned where they're sitting," Greene said. "So he can't let other voices dictate how he plays."

Greene recently retired from the scouting and personnel job he had with the Steelers. The article doesn't touch on it, but it makes one wonder what Greene might have said to Harrison during his rash of fines in 2010.


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