ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Ndamukong Suh's return to organized team activities (OTAs) with the Lions is just part of the story.
The bigger news is when the All-pro defensive tackle said he could have chosen another team despite being selected No. 2 overall by the Lions in the 2010 NFL draft.
"Why do I want to be here long-term? I think I said this from the very, very first day I got drafted: I’m here for a reason," said Suh. "I had an opportunity, probably a lot of you guys don’t know, I could have gone elsewhere when I was drafted [out of Nebraska]. Had that decision in my hands. I chose not to take it because that’s just the way I saw it.
"Same thing when I went to Nebraska; I wanted to be a part of something that wasn’t just already set up or on its way of getting better and I want to be one of the cornerstones of it," said Suh.
"That’s why I see myself here in Detroit, being one of the cornerstones that gets this organization back to a championship level."
When Suh was asked if he would have gone somewhere else?
"There’s many ways to do things. I mean, you can drop down in the draft, you can move up in the draft, people can come get you,” Suh said. "There’s a lot of things that happen that you guys don’t know.”
Suh describes that entire situation as "water under the bridge."
"I’m here in Detroit, I’m happy to be here in Detroit, I’m going to continue to play my heart out as I’ve always done and continue to do," said Suh.
A Lions spokesperson provided more details surrounding Suh's comments by saying "he was thrilled to be selected by the Detroit Lions."
Teammates say they're pleased to see Suh return after choosing not to take part in the first few weeks of voluntary off-season workouts.
"He's a great player," said Lions running back Reggie Bush. "When you're a good player you're gonna be in the spotlight. The little things are going to be magnified even bigger."
"Everything that he's getting scrutinized about he's doing, and this is the time you do it," said Dominc Raiola, a Lions center.
"You watch him in the locker room, you know, interacting with everybody and you see him hanging out with everybody. It's business as usual."