Known in Wallaceburg for making bone rattling tackles as a member the Wallaceburg Tartans back in his high school days, Shaun Suisham hasn’t changed a bit since becoming a professional football player.
The Pittsburgh Steelers kicker and veteran NFL player tore his ACL and meniscus in the Steelers opening exhibition game earlier this month.
The injury required him to have surgery, has placed him on the injured reserve list and ended his season.
While he is disappointed in the fact he got injured, Suisham said he is a football player, not just a kicker.
“There’s never been a moment when I’ve been on a football field where I gave anything less than 100 percent,” Suisham told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Because I got hurt, I tore my knee before I even made contact with the player. So for me to stand here and apologize for it or regret it would be ridiculous. That’s who I am, that’s who I’ve always been, that’s who I intend to always be. I won‘t apologize for it.”
Suisham blamed the 11-year-old FieldTurf at stadium in Canton, Ohio for his injury, saying “it certainly wasn’t what we’ve grown accustomed to playing on in the NFL.”
Suisham enjoyed a career year for the Steelers last season.
He finished the regular season 29 for 32 on field goal attempts, good for a 90.6 per cent clip.
This number placed him 6th in the NFL for the best field goal percentage.
His 29 field goals placed him tied for 8th in the league.