Ndamukong Suh is probably not used to being praised for saving a life -- the Detroit Lions defensive tackle is better known for committing heinous cheap shots on the football field. But Suh, who has recently been defending his reputation as a cheap shot artist, is now being hailed as a hero after he saved comedian Louie Anderson from drowning.

Suh and Anderson were on hand for the taping of the reality show “Splash” when the former “Family Feud” host sank to the bottom of a large pool from, as TMZ put it, “sheer exhaustion.” Anderson was saved by the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh and Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

Also starring on “Splash” will be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kendra Wilkinson and former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb. Suh’s participation on the show was criticized when he didn’t clear it first with Lions coach Jim Schwartz, although Schwartz hardly seemed to mind.

“I did take a couple physics courses, but there’s something about displacement of water, but it has to do with like mass and density and Ndamukong Suh’s going to displace some,” Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. “Even if he goes in like those Chinese divers that don’t even make a ripple, it’s going to move a lot of water. There’ll be a tsunami somewhere because it’s just – that should be probably more ‘Celebrity Cannonballing.’ But Ndamukong’s a good athlete. He played soccer. He’s a really good athlete for a big man.”

Suh was criticized during the NFL season for what many fans considered to be dirty play. He was fined $30,000 for kicking Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin during a game on Thanksgiving and was called out for slamming Bears QB Jay Cutler hard to the ground a month before.

“I wish people would get to know me,” Suh said of the Schaub incident to the Houston Chronicle. “People kind of had their minds made up already. I would never want to kick someone in that area.”