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Six Pack: Suh ready to get defensive with Edwards

March 06, 2012, Joe Menzer, NASCAR.com

NFL star a fan of NASCAR, but enjoys his alma mater's contribution even more

Ndamukong Suh, defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and grand marshal for last Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, answers this week's six questions.

1. Was being grand marshal at Phoenix your first foray into NASCAR?

"I looked inside his car the other day and I don't think I could fit in there. Maybe if I keep eating Subway and slim down a whole lot, but I don't think the Lions would be too thrilled about me slimming down too much."

--NDAMUKONG SUH

Suh: No, this was actually the third race that I've gotten to attend in person, plus I watch it some on TV. Last spring around this time I went to the race in [Las] Vegas. And I've also been to MIS [Michigan International Speedway] for a race when I was a rookie. So I've been in the trenches and I enjoy it very much.

2. Have you talked to fellow Subway spokesman and Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards about climbing into his No. 99 Ford and taking a few hot laps?

Suh: I looked inside his car the other day and I don't think I could fit in there. Maybe if I keep eating Subway and slim down a whole lot, but I don't think the Lions would be too thrilled about me slimming down too much.

3. You say you can't fit into Carl's car, but he's done some other interesting things in the past like [bungee-] jumping off high buildings in Las Vegas. Has he tried to get you to do anything like that?

Suh (laughing): Not yet. Maybe sometime soon we'll have some time soon, although when he gets done in November, it will be time for him to come check me out.

4. What about getting Edwards to try a little football?

Suh: He just can't be a quarterback. I wouldn't allow that. But he can play on the defensive side with me if he wants.

5. What's your reaction to last week's news that the New Orleans Saints allegedly placed bounties on opposing players?

Suh: It's unfortunate to hear these things coming out. Me personally, I don't take part in those things -- nor do my teammates or coaches with the Detroit Lions. We don't allow that. I understand it's a tough situation that the commissioner of the NFL will have to deal with, as he has with other situations in the past. I think he'll deal with it with a stiff hand, as he has done in the past, and hopefully the parties involved with learn from their mistakes.

6. Could you talk about some of your many charitable efforts off the field?

Suh: For me specifically, I've always had a big understanding of where I come from and how I got to where I am. I donate a lot of money back to the University of Nebraska, which I think is a huge reason I'm where I'm at today in my life. I'm also working with Nike and my high school to see that their field gets re-turfed and I make sure their football program is always taken care of.

One thing I've always understood is that education is the most valuable thing. Football isn't always going to be there for me after I've retired. One thing I've done is establish a recurring scholarship that will allow kids to go to Nebraska and graduate in engineering.

It's funny. I didn't even know this, but I've just recently heard about Nebraska's engineering department having a big input on development of the SAFER barriers. I know Carl won't be hitting any other cars or the walls out there, but no matter who does it'll all be safe thanks to the Nebraska engineering school. That's pretty cool.