According to a Sporting News poll of 103 NFL players on 27 teams, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been voted the dirtiest player in the National Football League, receiving 31.6 percent of the total vote. The 32 votes for Suh nearly equaled the amount received by the second and third-place finishers, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (19) and St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan (14).
"Suh. He hasn't done anything crazy (this year). The type of hits he puts on quarterbacks, the way he finishes guys—some of them are legal, but a lot of them I'd say are over the top." —NFC defensive player
Selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Suh is well-known for a physical style of play that has earned him a reputation for crossing the line of what's acceptable on the football field. As a rookie, he was flagged for one roughing the quarterback penalty and a pair of unnecessary roughness fouls, one of which came when he delivered a forearm shiver to the back of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and was fined $15,000.
Suh delivered a hard, but legal hit on Cutler again this season.
In 2011, Suh had one roughing the passer penalty, one unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and was "disqualified" during the Lions' 27-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Thanksgiving after stomping on guard Evan Dietrich-Smith. That incident led to a two-game suspension, which cost Suh over $165,000 in salary. Suh has played within the rules this season, flagged for just one penalty -- an encroachment penalty in the second quarter of the Lions' 27-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 -- while logging over 450 defensive and special teams snaps this season.
Other players receiving multiple votes in the Sporting News poll were Tennessee Titans right tackle David Stewart, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin, and a pair of Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker James Harrison and safety Ryan Mundy.