The Lion King

Updated: October 13, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-In a city, with approximately 78,000 abandoned buildings, and the highest homicide rate, it needs an athlete who represents that frustration and devastation.

In a place, where 40% of the streetlights don’t work, and less than two third of the buses don’t run on time, it deserves a football player that reflects the misery and hope that still resides in the souls of the people who have chosen to remain there.

Oddly, the player, with the difficult assignment to resurrect the Motor City, is the Detroit Lions’ 6-foot-4 307 pound defensive tackle named Ndamukong Suh.

Yes, Suh is nasty enough to handle all the wreckage and devastation currently hitting the city.

So, please don’t let his deceiving Subway smile fool ya.

Why? Because, he was chosen by the “football gods” in order to transform a city as well as a team back to it glorious past.

Because, without hesitation, he will bulldoze his way through an offensive line, in order to rip out the spinal cord of an opposing quarterback, while trying his best to decapitate him, by ripping his helmet off of his head.

Seriously, nothing is off limits for this defensive terrorist, because he’ll do anything in the heat of the battle to be victorious, which includes chop-blocking O-linemen, sweeping his legs, or better yet drop-kicking a QB in order to record a sack.

So far, he has even been flagged and fined over $200,000 for his on-field antics, which include foot stomping an innocent player when he was lying on the ground.

For this reason, many NFL players say he is a dirty player.

But, truthfully, he is simply a throwback player from the past, who walks in the path of other hard hitters, who were vicious in victory like the Pittsburgh Steelers “Mean JOE” Green and the Los Angeles Rams Deacon Jones.

Despite that comparison, Suh’s brand of brutally has been condemned by commentators.

Why? Because, it brings fear in the hearts of quarterbacks, scares sideline reporters, and terrorizes tailbacks, who try to tip-toe their way through the line of scrimmage.

But, if Suh is supposed to be a Lion, he needs to roar the loudest and walk the boldest, in order to be the King of the Jungle amongst the Bears, Falcons, Eagles, Cardinals, Panthers, and Rams.

Plus, he must not allow them to lock him up, soften him up, or turn him in to a sideshow for their own personal entertainment.

Therefore, he shouldn’t let them try to turn him into a “pussy-cat” when he knows he is a lion.

So, he should avoid all interviews or invitations from Dr.Phil to sit on his couch or any request by the OWN’s Network to have Iyanla Vanzant to fix his life.

Why? Because, for one, he isn’t broken.

Besides, the only thing that will be broken are broken ribs of some veteran QB or rookie quarterback, who gets blindsided by one of Suh’s spine-tingling sacks.

Why? Because, Suh is simply a football player.

And, as the league tries to make the dangerous and violent game of football safer, players like him will eventually disappear.

Therefore, Suh must maintain his ferociousness, and do whatever is necessary to get the Lions into the playoffs this season.

Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies,  is currently the Editor and Chief of  Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles  appear daily along with his controversial  cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at

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