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Ndamukong Suh Dreamed of Soccer Stardom

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Ndamukong Suh Dreamed of Soccer Stardom

Ndamukong Suh was born to play football.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle looks like he was built in a lab specifically for the purpose of punishing people on the gridiron.

However, Suh's first love was soccer.

"Anywhere and anytime, I'd always have a soccer ball with me," Suh told STACK.

He grew up idolizing Thierry Henry, a striker who scored 174 goals for Premier League club Arsenal.

Suh's father was so encouraged by his son's soccer talents he debated sending him to a European boarding school so he'd have a better shot at a pro career, though Suh's mother shot that idea down.

Suh only gave up soccer after he had a massive growth spurt in the eighth grade, making his body better suited for football.

He believes the footwork and agility he honed on the soccer pitch are a big reason he's such a handful on the football field.

"(Soccer) helped me so much," Suh told the Wall Street Journal.