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Five Things to Know about Rams DT Ndamukong Suh


The Rams have added yet another dynamic playmaker to their defense in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All Pro will join 2017 AP Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, as a core member of the Rams defensive front next season. 

Here are five things to know about the newest Ram:  

1) He is a first-generation American

Suh was born and raised in Portland, Oregon but he is the first of his family to be born in the United States. His father, Michael, is from Cameroon and played semi-professional soccer in Germany, while his mother, Bernadette, was born in Jamaica.

He was named after his paternal great-grandfather. In the Ngemba language of Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears." Suh has visited both Cameroon and Jamaica and was even named an ambassador in Ntankah — the town where his dad grew up.


2) Suh is friends with billionaire investor Warren Buffett**

In his spare time, Suh seeks business advice from former athletes like Roger Staubach or Magic Johnson and has been very vocal about his desire to pursue a business career post-football.

As such, the defensive tackle has formed a few unlikely friendships with business moguls — like billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The pair first became acquainted at a meeting in Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway office in Omaha, Nebraska. 

The self-made billionaire and Suh both attended the University of Nebraska and as Buffett told the Sun Sentinel, "We hit it off right away." Since that first meeting, Suh has shadowed Buffett multiple times and the two remain in close contact.

3) He has appeared on several reality TV shows

Suh is no stranger to the small screen.

In total, he has appeared on three different reality TV shows — as a contestant on the Fox celebrity dating show "The Choice," plus as a participant in both the ABC celebrity diving show "Splash" and an episode of the Discovery Channel's "American Muscle."

**4) Suh has donated over $2 Million to his alma mater


On April 17, 2010, at the annual Husker Spring Game, Suh announced a $2.6 million donation to the University of Nebraska. Two million dollars would go to Nebraska Athletics, while the remaining $600,000 created an endowed scholarship for the UNL College of Engineering.

His gift was the largest, single charitable contribution to the University by any former player and occurred several weeks before Suh was selected as the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

5) He was the first collegiate defensive player to win the AP Player of the Year

Suh's college career was one for the record books. Through four years at the University of Nebraska, the defensive tackle led the Huskers to a Big 12 Championship and their first ever shutout win in the 2009 Holiday Bowl.

In his senior season, Suh earned unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honors and the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was also named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, took home the Lombardi Trophy — for the top collegiate lineman or linebacker — and was the first ever defensive player to receive the AP Player of the Year Award.

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