Barry Sanders vs. Ndamukong Suh

Detroit fans rush the line to discuss the talents of the Hall of Fame running back and the young lineman, Jemele Hill writes in her ESPN column.

Former NFL running back Barry Sanders
Former NFL running back Barry Sanders

In her ESPN column, Jemele Hill writes that she drew fire for a recent piece that called Ndamukong Suh the Detroit Lion’s best draft pick ever. Better even than Barry Sanders. She clarifies her point, saying that she never called Suh a better player. 

Most of us are familiar with the old adage about not being able to go home again, but after writing this column a few weeks ago, I wondered if it really might be true in my case.

I was born and raised in Detroit, went to Mumford High School — Eddie Murphy wore our T-shirt in “Beverly Hills Cop” — and also attended Michigan State. I wrongly assumed my deep Michigan roots would make me exempt from forced exile. But after I wrote that I thought Ndamukong Suh was a better draft pick than Barry Sanders, my boisterous readers showed little mercy for a native sister.

Joseph from Westfield, Pa., wrote: “What were you thinking, putting up one of the best football players in history of the NFL in Barry Sanders against a second-year player who has done nothing next year?”

Whoever approved that column is insane! (Wait, who’s editing this mailbag again?)

Read Jemele Hill’s entire column at ESPN.