Ndamukong Suh is the highest paid defensive player in NFL history with a six-year, $114.3 million contract to play for the Miami Dolphins. So it’s not hard to believe car companies want to be associated with him.
A lot of that appeal was Motor City Muscle, which is appropriate considering the five years he spent with the Detroit Lions. While there he was a pitchman for the Chrysler 300.
Suh is well known for his time as a Chrysler shill, but he was also behind the wheel of a Mercedes S-Class (see below) on the Gumball 3000 race in 2011. He piloted an AMG sedan from the right-hand drive position, which makes sense because he was racing from London and then to Paris, Barcelona, the Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, Venice, Belgrade, Sofia and Istanbul.
He wasn’t being paid but he gained some notoriety when he crashed his 1970 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 3, 2011. According to OregonLive.com, Suh admitted fault and was successfully sued for $130,000 by a passenger in his car.
There are certain cars you won’t see in his collection. Suh told AskMen.com he has tried but he can’t fit into most Ferraris. He also said back in 2011 that he can’t fit into most Porsches, too, but that’s bound to change with the advent of the Cayenne and even the Macan. Suh also said in the interview, “I’m attracted to Ferraris and Bentleys, but I don’t know if I’ll ever have a chance to own one of those.” With the cash he’s getting know, he should be able to afford a couple.
Then again, if times get tough, even with a guaranteed $52 million from the Dolphins, he could always downsize. There was a picture of him on the floor of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. He was seen fitting into a Fiat 500 Abarth — not comfortably, but he did fit. That’s one limber 6’4”, 304-lb. dude who can pull that off.