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Ndamukong Suh hopes to put last season behind him

The upcoming season will be an important one for Ndamukong Suh, who will be under pressure to both raise his game and improve his image.

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle told The Detroit News he's eager to put last season behind him, a campaign in which his production dipped and his reputation as a dirty player was cemented by the ugly stomping incident on Thanksgiving Day.

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"I want to show the true person I am," Suh said during an appearance at the Detroit Grand Prix. "Obviously, you see me here interacting. You see me in the city of Detroit."

Suh is making an effort, which is good for a Lions team that has been rocked by five in-team arrests since the season ended.

Suh served as the race's grand marshal and received a $5,000 check from the race committee to support his local youth football camp.

Said Penske Racing owner Roger Penske: "The important thing we love about Ndamukong is his character."

Some good publicity for Suh, who needs all the help he can get.

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