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By Keith Schleiden

Updated Feb. 3, 2011 @ 7:25 p.m. ET

DALLAS — Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was named the 2010 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on Thursday at a ceremony in Dallas.

"It's truly humbling," said Suh during the presentation, which was hosted by NFL Network host Rich Eisen. "First and foremost, I'd like to thank my family, God, and especially my teammates and coaches."

Suh was asked if he was surprised that he enjoyed such success in the NFL right off the bat.

"Not really, and I'm not saying that in a conceited way by any means," said Suh, noting that his coaching staff at Nebraska, headed by Bo Pellini, prepared him well for the NFL.

"Being able to be with Kyle Vanden Bosch and that group, I think being with those guys in May as soon as I got done with the draft, they helped me tremendously to adjust. So I think that's the biggest thing that allowed me to play at such a high level."

Despite being voted to the starting lineup in the Pro Bowl, Suh said he'll have no trouble keeping motivated to improve in his sophomore NFL season.

"It's real simple for me," said Suh. "We were 6-10. We weren't 10-6. Me and my teammates feel like we can win a lot more and get into the playoffs and be, hopefully, in a situation like this — not coming to the Super Bowl for an award or just to hang out."

Suh, who also won the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year award, had 10 sacks, 66 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown for Detroit in 2010.

The defensive tackle edged out Rams QB Sam Bradford, Browns CB Joe Haden, Patriots CB Devin McCourty and Buccaneers WR Mike Williams.

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