Warren Sapp is a frequent critic of young defensive tackles.
He once called Tommie Harris a “blind dog in a meat house” and more recently he has been harsh assessing the play of Ndamukong Suh, the controversial Detroit Lions D-tackle.
Now, Suh is inviting Sapp to show him how he can elevate his game. Suh, by all accounts, is having a better third season than he did a year ago when his production fell off dramatically at the heart of Detroit’s defense. He has eight sacks and 19 quarterback hits but was passed over for the Pro Bowl, perhaps in part because he is not popular among players.
“You have a guy who criticizes me and says I am doing things so horribly wrong and not living up to my potential,” Suh said, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. “To me, you can either be a fan and just criticize me, or you can be a great person, somebody who could be a legend and a Hall-of -Famer and teach me something. Show me what you think I am doing incorrectly.”
“I have said since I've been young, and I am still young in this game, that I have a lot to learn,” he said. “I am not afraid to learn from anybody; from somebody who I am playing with or somebody who's been long gone out of the league for five, six years.
“I am not afraid to learn from anybody, or in essence take a backseat role and learn from somebody who's gone through the ropes already.”
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