In Their Own Words: Ndamukong Suh on Proving Himself in L.A.

Check out photos of Ndamukong Suh being introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams turned heads this offseason by signing of one of the highest-rated free agents of 2018 — defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Suh has been a strong force in each of his eight NFL seasons, playing and starting in 126 games and wreaking havoc on the front line.

The five-time Pro Bowler has amassed 51.5 sacks, 171 quarterback pressures, and 58 tackles for loss. But the defensive lineman's disruptive playing style hasn't come without a price. Suh has developed a reputation for sometimes being overly aggressive that has followed him throughout his career.

But now that the Nebraska product has found a new home in Los Angeles, he's eager to prove to the organization and the community that he's a hard worker "who always plays with a chip on my shoulder."

Here is Ndamukong Suh in his own words:


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On his excitement to join the Rams organization:* 

"I think the biggest thing is I have to thank God and my family first and foremost. Great opportunity from Les, the Rams, Kroenke, McVay. Definitely excited about the opportunities here. Really fortunate just looking at the overall scheme, I think everyone looks at everything on paper and I would say we're in pretty good shape on paper. But we have a lot of things to prove and really myself — I always play with a chip on my shoulder. That's really how I kind of prove my worth and we'll go from there."

On making the decision to sign a one-year contract in L.A.:

"As I said before, I don't think any decision of this magnitude is easy. There was a lot of other great teams that I had offers from and had the opportunity to join, but this was the best decision for me. I think for me how I look at it is I wanted to prove myself. I wanted to come in here and prove myself that I'm worthy of being here and staying here for the long stay. I think the overall goal is to focus on this particular year which is the most important thing in front of us."

On his reputation of being overly aggressive on field:

"I think reputation is something that you create on your own, but also that gets skewed by other people's opinions. I would say to anybody and all the fans just come up to me as a normal human being and ask me who I am, get to know and have a conversation with me. Leave it as that simple. That's what coach McVay did and I think that's why we hit it off from day one.

I definitely think everyone's reputation is skewed. I don't think you can know any particular person unless you've been in their shoes and been around them 24/7, 365 to know exactly who that person is."

On how he would describe himself as a player:

"I would just say tenacious, aggressive, likes to make plays and help other people make plays. Just overall very competitive and want to win."

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