Who is the NFL’s Dirtiest Player in 2012?
November 10, 2012 8:17 AM EST
For the second straight year, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was voted the NFL’s dirtiest player Friday.
In a poll conducted by AOL Sporting News, Suh was the runaway choice with 103 players from 27 teams chiming in.
Once the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Suh’s talented has never been denied, but his attitude and intensity have sometimes gotten out of hand. The 25-year-old has been fined over $42,000 by the NFL for his excessive style of play.
In Detroit's 2011 Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers, Suh lost control and banged offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith’s head into the ground, and then stomped on his arm well after referee’s had stopped play. The NFL suspended Suh for two games without pay after the incident.
Though he hasn’t been involved in any such controversy since, Suh still has a bad reputation around the league. Players remained anonymous in the poll, and sounded off against Suh.
One player said: "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."
Miami Dolphins guard Richie Ingonito was second, and St. Louis Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan was third. While Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who was a lightning rod for controversy last season after the league cracked down on big hits, came in fourth.
The entire list can be viewed here.
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