Ndamukong Suh's rookie campaign was one of firsts. He was the first Lion to tally 10.0 or more sacks since 2004 (James Hall), leading all defensive tackles in that category, and he's the only rookie to collect a sack, interception and a fumble in a season, among a slew of other notables.
Add another to the list.
Detroit's stalwart rookie defensive tackle, who terrorized opposing offensive linemen in his inaugural season, has earned 2010 Pepsi Rookie of the Year honors. He became the first defensive player to nab the award since its inception, beating out a group of fellow rookies led by St. Louis QB Sam Bradford.
"It's a great group of guys that I get to be here with. It's truly an honor. I'm glad I can take this home to Detroit," Suh said in an NFL.com press release. "I want to thank my family, god, and especially me teammates and my coaches.
"This is definitely not possible without my teammates that I play with -- especially (DT) Corey Williams, (DE) Kyle Vanden Bosch and (DE) Cliff Avril. They took me under their wing, especially Kyle Vanden Bosch, and showed me how to be a pro. I can't thank them enough for that."
The award is another notch of recognition for what was considered one of the more impressive NFL rookie debuts in recent history. Suh recently bypassed a spot in the Pro Bowl in favor of shoulder surgery, and has already neen named to the Associated Press All-Pro squad. He's largely considered a lock for the Associated Press' Rookie of the Year award, which will be determined at the end of the week.
Suh was dominant in 2010 despite his lack of professional grooming, and his powerful combination of size and strength seemed to make the transition between the collegiate and pro level with little consequence.
The Nebraska product led a retooled Lions' defensive line to 44 total sacks, considered sixth best in the league and a quantum leap in quality from the previous year's result.
The team finished the year with a four-game winning streak.