The American football player Ndamukong Ngwa Suh, who is better known as just Ndamukong Suh, is one of NFL’s playmakers in the defensive position and arguably one of the League’s highest paid. Playing a defensive tackle, Suh is not just an effective pass rusher, but also a player with vision and awareness in the run game. Physically, Suh could be awarded for his amazing height of 6 feet and 4 inches, as well as his outstanding upper-body strength which gives him an edge over others when it comes to wrapping up passers and blocking passing lanes.
Ndamukong Suh did not just become famous in his professional years. He was one of the best, both in high school and in college. He was even one of the most decorated players in college football history, thanks to his defensive skills. Among his list of awards include the Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award, AP Player of the Year, and five-time Pro Bowl, to mention a few. Despite his outstanding performances, Ndamukong Suh has received several criticisms from his fans and teammates mostly for his “nasty” attitudes and aggressive nature while hunting ball handlers. Here are more facts to know about the football nose tackle for the Los Angeles Rams.
Ndamukong Suh Brief Bio
Born on January 6, 1987, in Portland, Oregon, Suh began his journey into football fame in Grant High School, his Portland-based high school where he was named 2004 Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year, Class 4A first-team all-state selection, and where he was awarded the Parade magazine high school All-America honors, following his outstanding performance as a young player both in the offense and defense. Suh left his high school ranking 6th among defensive tackle prospects in the nation.
Moving to the University of Nebraska where he bagged a degree in construction management, the African-American also displayed his balling skills while playing for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team for four years (2005 to 2009). He received his first college honours- the freshman All-Big 12 honours- in 2006, after playing in 14 games as a backup defensive lineman. He also made it in 2008, as his college’s first defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973 as well as the first interior defensive lineman to earn the First-team All-Big 12 honours since 1999. With his defensive skills, the Huskers’ defense was ranked first nationally in scoring defense.
Ndamukong Suh completed his college career in 2009 with 215 total tackles, 125 solo tackles, 90 assisted tackles and 24 quarterback sacks with 41 hurries. He also left with more awards including the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bill Willis Trophy, Outland Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award. He crowned it all up with the AP Player of Year award, making him the first defensive player to receive the award in its history.
Ndamukong Suh took the big step towards becoming a professional in 2010 after he was selected by the Detroit Lions as its second overall in the year’s NFL Draft. Suh signed a five-year contract worth $68 million with $40 million guaranteed, with the NFL franchise and as expected, he led in all rookies and all defensive tackles in sacks. In addition, he became the Lions’ first rookie to be picked as a Pro Bowl starter, since Barry Sanders. The same year, he received his first fine for his on-the-field behaviour- he was fined for wearing a facemask of Jake Delhomme, for using an opponent as leverage on a field goal, and for being unnecessarily rough on an opponent.
Suh kept up with his good games for the Detroit Lions until 2015 when he signed a six-year contract worth $114 million with $60 million guaranteed, with the Miami Dolphins. His contract with the Dolphins made news headlines as it earned him the recognition the highest-paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, passing the likes of Houston Texans and J. J. Watt. Suh, however, played with the Dolphins from 2015 to 2017. His release followed, among other issues, the charges against him for being unnecessarily rough on Ryan Mallett, during a match against the Baltimore Ravens in the season’s Week 8.
As of March 26, 2018, Ndamukong Suh was with the Los Angeles Rams. He became the franchise player after signing a one-year contract. Towards the end of the season, Suh was yet again fined $20,054 for his a horse-collar tackle against a player from his former club, the Lions.
Ndamukong Suh Salary and Net Worth
Ndamukong Suh earns quite a lot from his football career. In 2015, he was announced by Forbes as one of the highest paid with an annual income of about $38.5 million. The American football nose tackle reportedly earned $138.72M over nine seasons with $19.1M being his earning for 2017. After signing a year contract with the Rams, Suh’s cap hit for 2018 rose to $14.5M.
In addition to his football earnings, Suh earns a good deal from endorsements. Before he joined the NFL draft in 2010, he signed a deal with Nike Inc. He also enjoys a good pay from deals with other companies like Chrysler, Omaha Steaks, Subway, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, to mention a few. His Net worth is, however, estimated at $36 million.
Suh owns real estate valued at around $7 million. Among his fleet of rides include Bentley Continental, Dodge, Mercedes Benz and Ford Mustang.
Who is Ndamukong Suh’s Wife/Girlfriend
Ndamukong Suh may be one of the most successful players on the history of the National Football League but family-wise he is yet to decide if he is ready to be committed. Suh is not yet married, hence, he has no wife. But, he certainly has a girlfriend who goes by the name Katya Leick. Although the Los Angeles Rams star defensive player has managed to keep his love life secret, Leick has on her Instagram handle openly announced their relationship, declaring herself as “Suh’s girl”.
According to reports, Suh and Leick have been in a relationship for a couple of years. They reportedly met in Miami during Suh’s playing years for the Dolphins. Currently, an Instagram model, Ndamukong Suh’s girlfriend once played college basketball for the Kansas State.