(ALLEN PARK, MI) – As announced this evening on NFL Network, Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year. Suh received 48 of 50 total votes.
Suh became the seventh rookie in team history to win an AP Rookie of the Year award, which is the most by any franchise since the AP began honoring Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1967.
“It is a great honor and one of the highest honors I can receive on the defensive side of the ball,” said Suh. “I really, truly can’t thank my family, friends, teammates and coaches enough. They have been a huge part of it and the main reason I was able to be honored with this.”
Suh joins RB Mel Farr (1976), CB Lem Barney (1967), WR Earl McCullough (1968), DE Al “Bubba” Baker (1978), RB Billy Sims (1980) and RB Barry Sanders (1989) as Detroit Lions honored as AP Rookie of the Year. Suh is the third Lions’ rookie to be named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year and the first since Baker in 1978.
Since the AP Rookie of the Year Award was first established in 1967, Suh is only the sixth defensive tackle to win the honor and the first since Dolphins DT Tim Bowens in 1994.