Aaron Rodgers has a long-time rivalry with the great defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. The two of them had a ton of battles when the Green Bay Packers took on the Detroit Lions while Suh was in Detroit, but Suh has not played for the Lions since the 2014 season.
Their rivalry still seems to be pretty fierce, though, as it ultimately got reignited when Rodgers and the Packers took on Suh and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently. Rodgers has since sent out a strong message about Suh too.
Aaron Rodgers and Ndamukong Suh’s rivalry goes way back
Rodgers became the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers in 2008, and Ndamukong Suh went to the Detroit Lions with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
This then led to some massive battles between the two of them. Rodgers was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, while Suh was one of the best defensive linemen, and they both played in the same division — the NFC North.
During the years that Suh played for the Lions (2010 through 2014), Rodgers and the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010. He also won two league MVP awards in 2011 and 2014 and earned Pro Bowl honors three times.
The Lions were never great with Suh, but they made the playoffs twice while he was there. That’s compared to the Packers, though, who made the playoffs in every season during that stretch and won the division in every season but one.
Suh, however, was one of the best players in the entire NFL during that time. He earned four Pro Bowl selections while playing in Detroit and earned First-Team All-pro honors three times. Suh also won the 2010 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
In his career against the Packers, Suh has played really well. He has 10 QB hits in those games and 5.5 sacks. This, in addition to an incident between the two in 2014, has led to Suh and Rodgers having a fiery rivalry.
During a 2014 matchup, Suh appeared to step on Rodgers’ leg twice during a game that had division title implications, according to Yahoo Sports. Rodgers had just had a calf injury a couple of weeks before that too. The NFL then ended up suspending Suh for Detroit’s Wild Card playoff game that year, but he won an appeal and played.
They reignited their rivalry during the 2020 NFL season
Suh has not played in the NFC North since 2014 with the Lions. He has since played for the Miami Dolphins, the LA Rams, and he now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, the Buccaneers and Packers played each other in a Week 6 game on Oct. 18, and another chapter of the Rodgers-Suh rivalry was written.
According to Yahoo Sports, Suh got flagged for a late hit on Rodgers in the second quarter. A couple of plays later, Suh hit Rodgers again, which was ultimately a sack that led to the two trading some words with each other. The two of them then continued to talk in the second half of the game.
Following the game, though, Rodgers has since discussed his rivalry with Suh.
Aaron Rodgers discussed his heated rivalry with Ndamukong Suh
Rodgers appeared on The Pat McAfee Show this week, and he discussed his rivalry with Suh.
“It hasn’t been cordial over the years between me and Suh,” Rodgers said on the Oct. 20 episode. “We’ve had some battles over the years … He got frozen feet and didn’t realize he was stepping on my calf. He also stomped on one of my teammates at one point. He’s been, in my time, one of the most dominant three-techniques in the game for so many years. He’s also played his own way. It’s been his style that he’s played since he got in the league.”
Rodgers then discussed their trash talk.
“That leads to some interesting conversations throughout the years,” Rodgers said. “It doesn’t start off as super cordial and goes the other way. I think most of the time, it maybe goes the other way. It starts a little hostile and then might ease up as the game goes on. … At the two-minute warning (of the 2014 season finale), there was some back-and-forth. There was some of the all-time trash talk. It was some of the craziest — maybe scariest — most interesting two-minute warning conversation that I’ve been privy to.”
Following a conversation they had in the third quarter during their most recent matchup, though, Rodgers was actually under the impression that they would maybe squash things after the game.
“It was one of those, ‘Hey, you’re old, I’m old, let’s talk some things out,'” Rodgers said. “There might have been something lost in translation. Whether or not he was talking about the ‘See you at the bus’ conversation. I thought it seemed more like, ‘Hey, let’s have a little come to Jesus moment.'”
Rodgers and Suh did not have the conversation after the game, but it appears that Rodgers would love to talk to him off the field. However, for now, their rivalry is still pretty fierce.
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