Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh told a Phoenix radio station he doesn't consider himself the best at his position in the NFL but that he thinks of himself as a leader.
He also said he doesn't plan to leave the Lions -- even when he is scheduled to become a free agent in 2016.
"Yeah, I don't think I'll be going anywhere anytime soon or even when I'm a free agent," Suh told KTAR-AM (620) on Wednesday.
Suh, the grand marshal for the NASCAR Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix, covered several topics in a promotional spot for Sunday's race.
"I definitely see myself as a leader," he said, "and one of the ways I've been lucky enough to lead and likely to continue to lead is just my actions and the way that I approach the game and just working hard and really being a player that steps up in big-time situations when plays need to be made.
"I feel that I did that a good amount in my rookie season. I might have slipped a little bit in my sophomore season, but I look forward to picking up and getting back on the high horse of being a player and guy on our particular football team, the Detroit Lions, that's definitely relied on from the fan base to not only that but my teammates."
Suh side-stepped a question about losing control, such as his Thanksgiving Day stomp: "I think the biggest thing is just moving past everything and looking forward to this 2012 season."
Suh said he did not consider himself the NFL's best defensive tackle and praised Baltimore's Haloti Ngata as his model for consistency. Suh explained his aggressiveness as a competitive necessity, but said he's "very likable, lovable" and has lots of friends. However, Suh said he would get in any teammate's face if he needs to.
"I would not have a problem with that at all, especially if they're wrong," he said. "And I think any guy that knows me on our football team, the only reason why I would be in their face like that would be they're obviously messing up horribly."