Will Ndamukong Suh Be the Next Reggie White?
If your memory goes far enough back to 1993, then you might remember that as the year that Reggie White left Philadelphia for Green Bay. He was the biggest of big-time free agents as he'd just made seven straight Pro-Bowls as a defensive lineman. He teamed with a young Brett Favre to lead the Packers on a run that included two Super Bowls and six more pro-bowl selections for the "Minister of Defense". If Suh and quarterback Matthew Stafford were each to live up to their draft status, you wonder whether something similar is on the horizon in Detroit.
Obviously, you don't take two high draft picks and automatically pencil them in as Hall of Famers, but the parallels are intriguing. Like White, Suh has shown a desire to give back. Both were All-Americans in college and both were game changing defensive lineman. White was admittedly an end, and not a tackle. In that sense, maybe it's Pro-Bowl defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch that might seem more analogous to White, though he's not nearly had the career thus far that White did.
Stafford is going into his second year of pro football. Favre, didn't play much as an NFL rookie. He had zero completions and two interceptions in five pass attempts. In that sense, Stafford could be seen as ahead of Favre. After being traded to Green Bay, however, Favre made the Pro Bowl in only his second year and went on to become an iconic player that may never retire. So Stafford would have to improve pretty dramatically as Favre did, to live up to the Hall of Famer.
Put it all together, and there could be room for some hope and excitement in Detroit. Nebraska fans will watch with interest as four former players are currently on the roster (Dominic Raiola and Daniel Bullocks, in addition to Suh and Vanden Bosch). They could become a favorite (or second-favorite) team for many in the Husker nation, especially if the tandem of Suh and Vanden Bosch become Pro-Bowl caliber players.
If Suh and Stafford do deliver a title or two to Detroit, then don't expect this to be the last time you hear the pair in the same sentence with Favre and White.