Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had an outstanding rookie season, and it's not just the fans that think so. Suh has been recognized a number of times already for his play during the 2010 season, and the honors haven't stopped coming in. On Monday, he became the first rookie defensive tackle to be voted to the Associated Press' All-Pro Team since 1951. What's more, he is the only rookie on this year's team.â†µ
"It's a great honor and it's an award I've had my eye on along with being in the Pro Bowl," said Suh to the Associated Press. "Those are two of the highest accomplishments you can have other than winning a Super Bowl and being MVP.â†µ
"To be the only rookie speaks volumes about the help I got from my teammates – especially on the defensive line – and my coaches."
The last time a Lions rookie was on the All-Pro Team was back in 1989. That is when running back Barry Sanders was named to the AP All-Pro Team. Other Lions rookies that have been on the team are running back Doak Walker (1950), defensive end Al "Bubba" Baker (1978) and kicker Eddie Murray (1980).â†µ
Suh is the only Lions player on the AP All-Pro First Team. Detroit does have wide receiver Calvin Johnson on the Second Team, though. Johnson and Suh are the two Lions players that were selected to this year's Pro Bowl, so it's no surprise they were the two players recognized by the AP.