Large and imposing at 6’4″ and 315 pounds. Marion Hugh Knight was born on April 19th, 1965 in Compton L.A., California by his father, Marion and mother, Maxine. His name, Suge, derives from “Sugar Bear”, a childhood nickname given by his father because of his sweet, good-natured temperament.

Suge was only ten years young when Compton L.A. was desolated by two parallel pandemics, the loss of it’s manufacturing plant bringing despair and unemployment into the community and the scourge of two of the most murderous gangs in American history, the Bloods and Crips.

Suge’s parents had always encouraged him to capitalize on his size and talent for football as a means to rise above the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Lynnwood, in the gang ridden city of Compton. 

He attended Lynwood High School in nearby Lynwood, California. At six feet, two inches tall he was a talented athlete. He earned letters in both football and track all four years at Lynwood High School eventually achieving a football scholarship from El Camino Community College after graduation in 1983. Attending El Camino College from1983-1985 he caught the eye of a recruiter from the  University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In 1985, he transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a UNLV Scholarship wearing number 54 and was starting as a defensive end and played there for two years and Lettered both seasons. He was a powerful build, listed on the program at 260 pounds. Under the guidance of Head Coach Wayne Nunnely, Knight made the dean’s list, and in 1985 was voted UNLV’s Rookie of the Year, elected defensive captain and won first-team all-conference honours.

On campus he carried due respect as a promising athlete. His former coach Nunnely, current coach of the New Orleans Saints  said, “He was Super Bowl material, the kind of guy you love having on your side.”

Another coach of Knights from his days with the University of Las Vegas has offered insights into Knight’s determination to succeed by remarking that “He wasn’t a gang problem guy at all, he played for me and gave me 100 percent and that’s the thing I judge a man by.”

Ironically during college, while team-mates committed armed robberies, carjacking and sexual assaults. Knight earned honest money as a bouncer for the Cotton Club.

After college, Knight was recruited by the Los Angeles Rams where he played for one year and also in the exhibition game in Japan against the Dallas Cowboys.

Later, he found work as a concert promoter and a bodyguard for celebrities including Bobby Brown.

And the rest became legendary history…….but this is another story.


After this dinner in Beverly Hills he took me straight to a friend of mine I hadn’t seen in awhile, who I originally met in LA then Miami 7 years earlier, his name is Scott Storch.  This is another story………………….more to come………Keith Middlebrook.

Brad Eaddy, Keith Middlebrook and Suge Knight at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills CA.

Reintroduced on the phone after 7 years by Jewler “King of Bling” Sami Antar and brought directly to Suge by European Quarterback Brad Eaddy.

In the meeting stages……

Keith Middelbrook and Suge Knight Sighted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles on August 24, 2012

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Keith Middelbrook and Suge Knight Sighted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles on August 24, 2012

Keith Middelbrook and Suge Knight sighted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles  on August 24, 2012

Suge Knight
No. 79
                            Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: April 19, 1965 (age 47)
Place of birth Compton L.A., California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 315 lbs (143 kg)
Career information
CollegeUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
Debuted in 1987 for the Los Angeles Rams
Last played in 1987 for the Los Angeles Rams
Career history

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