After joining Eagles, Ndamukong Suh is ready to chase another ring

Ndamukong Suh has done pretty much everything.

The Eagles’ newest player is the oldest on the roster at 35, he was a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, a Super Bowl champion and has earned over $166 million over his 13-year career.

So what keeps him going?

“Championships,” Suh ​​said. “That’s what keeps me going, having the opportunity to play one. This team has done a great job so far and I feel like I can come here and help. But first I have to acclimatize and then I can start.”

The Eagles added Suh this week, and he joined his new team on the practice field for the first time Friday afternoon with his new No. 74.

It’s not like Suh needed convincing to come out of retirement and join the Eagles. He was always interested in continuing his NFL career, but he didn’t want to play for anyone.

“I want an opportunity to earn a ring and celebrate that with my family and especially my teammates and the people I did it with,” Suh ​​said. “It’s important to me that I’ve received amazing awards as an individual, but at this special time in my life, it’s more than that.”

With the Eagles, he’s hoping to pick up his second Super Bowl ring on a team he feels at home with. Suh said his pre-existing relationships at the NovaCare complex have come a long way.

He was once a teammate of cornerback Darius Slay, who generously offered to have Suh crashed at his home. Suh has been friends with Fletcher Cox for years and they had previously discussed teaming up. And Suh has been to Detroit, Miami and Los Angeles with Eagles VP of Player Performance Ted Rath.

Hell, Slay even told Suh to come to Philly last season. It’s taken a while, but he’s finally here.

In Philly, Suh joins a defensive space with a wealth of experience and talent. The Eagles have seven players on their D-line who made it to a Pro Bowl; Five of them are over 30 years old. A former No. 2 overall, Suh has spent his entire career as a starter and most of it as a star.

But on Friday he said he was happy to play his role on this team.

“I’m not here to take anyone’s position,” he said. “I’m here to support and be a supportive performer on all levels.”

Right out of his first practice as a member of the Eagles, Suh wasn’t sure if he’d play on Sunday, saying it was up to the coaches. No matter what, the Eagles may need to increase his usage throughout the season as Suh has not played since the 2021 playoffs. But no question, he takes care of his body and can play through pretty much anything.

Suh is very proud that he has never missed an NFL game injured. The only two games he has missed in the league in his last 12 years came from suspension.

The Eagles expect Suh to help bolster their defensive line rotation. And it seems almost everyone is glad Suh ended up in Philly.

Except his mother.

Suh said his mother, Bernadette, was mad at him right now for returning to sports.

“My mom has never been happy that I play soccer since I was a little kid,” Suh ​​said. “She wanted me to stay away from American football. I grew up watching what they call European football. She’s always been afraid. I’m here baby, so she’s always worried.”

sorry mom. He has another ring up for grabs.

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