Soccer background suits Suh just fine


INDIANAPOLIS — Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh might wind up being the first overall pick in the NFL draft, but this wasn’t how his athletic career was necessarily supposed to unfold. Suh’s first sport was soccer, which he started playing at the age of 3.

So what caused him to give up the sport?

“I got a lot of fouls — that’s kind of the reason I moved away from soccer,” Suh said Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I got too many red cards.”

When Suh first broached the subject of playing football, however, his mother was none too pleased, fearing her son might get walloped.

“She figured I’d be the one kind of getting hit and so forth,” Suh said. “I had to let her realize that I was the one attacking people and getting after the smaller guys.”

As for where his soccer experience might come in handy in the NFL, Suh indicated that he could follow in Chad “Esteban” Ochocinco‘s footsteps. Asked if he’d be willing to attempt a field goal, Suh said, “I did it in high school! Why not?”

—  Jason Feller

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