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Suh, Best step up after high school team has gear stolen

Ndamukong Suh AP

A Detroit-area high school football team had much of its gear stolen earlier this week after thieves broke in to the school’s field house.

Among those who helped replace the equipment for the Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men team?  Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Via multiple media reports, Suh’s foundation paid for new helmets, cleats, and uniforms.  Local businesses also contributed to the effort to replace the gear.

Running back Jahvid Best, who like Suh joined the team via the first round of the 2010 draft, also contributed.

Though a 3-0 start has gone a long way toward forging a stronger-than-ever bond between the Lions and their town they represent, gestures like this take it all to a higher level.

UPDATE 1:18 p.m. ET:  The gear helped.  Douglass beat Denby, 50-0.

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59 Responses to “Suh, Best step up after high school team has gear stolen”
  1. clavette says: Oct 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    Im a huge suh fan but this just
    makes me respect him more. Nfl needs more guys like him

  2. cappa662 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:10 PM

    The lions have much more money than suh, where is the lions match at?

  3. contra74 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:15 PM

    Love hearing when players give back to the community. Suh and Best along with players like Jared Allen and his Wounded Warrior program are what the community needs from it’s pro athletes.

  4. Lev says: Oct 1, 2011 1:15 PM

    Classy way to combat the “dirty playing jerk” reputation the media is trying to stick Suh with. Players should take note

  5. woodyg says: Oct 1, 2011 1:19 PM

    Although the gestures by Suh & Best are honorable ……. This ‘love affair’ the media has with the Lions is only serving to set up the Lions & their fanbase for the ‘big fall’ …… Soon we will read how the Lions seemingly can ‘walk on water’ (per the media) …… It’s getting over the top & quite nauseating …….

  6. nahcouldntbethat says: Oct 1, 2011 1:19 PM

    Giving back to the community is the best thing a pro athlete can do. That’s when they really become a positive role model for the kids who idolize them.

  7. vincentvega513 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    Intimidates 300 pound lineman & gives back to the community!?! I’m far from a Lions fan, but you gotta love this guy.

  8. edgerules says: Oct 1, 2011 1:22 PM

    This is awesome. This was very nice of Mr. Suh, and Mr. Best to do for these kids.

  9. duanethomas says: Oct 1, 2011 1:23 PM

    Great job by Suh and Best, the Lions organization should cut a check to Suh’s foundation in whatever the amount was put out. Gestures like this is why I was so pro-player during the lockout…..and Rob and Rex are idiots. Thumbs Up!?!

  10. andyreidisfat says: Oct 1, 2011 1:25 PM

    Maybe it’s just me but it’s hard not to like this lions. I picked them to win the division and if the qb stays healthy and no one figures out how to stop cj from catching Tds they might do it.

    By the way does any other team in the NFL have 2 Guys who are either 1 a or 1 b at their position? Suh and cj on the same team is just crazy

  11. phailing101 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:26 PM

    Best a first round draft pick? Can NBC afford a fact checker?

  12. ndgarretjax says: Oct 1, 2011 1:31 PM

    50-0?!

  13. EJ says: Oct 1, 2011 1:32 PM

    I’m not a big Suh fan but I’ll be the first to admit that it was a pretty damn good thing he did. Thunbs up for Suh on this one!

  14. jlb10 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:38 PM

    love to hear stories like this. coming from such young guys on the team is even better. many other players could take a lesson from this

  15. howley1 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:39 PM

    Many many players give back to communities. Most don’t feel the need to generate a press release about it.

  16. My Last Victim Escaped says: Oct 1, 2011 1:45 PM

    Suh is a beast. And what a name for a school. I thought I went to a school with a long name.

  17. iamthorny says: Oct 1, 2011 1:49 PM

    You know if Suh was involved the gear he bought was dirty.

    Couldn’t resist…

    Stories like this are fantastic…we need more positive vibe from PFT. If we have a Turd Watch why can’t we have a NFL random acts of kindness watch?

  18. Canyonero says: Oct 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    Good for Suh and Best, that’s a great story.

    Damned thieves probably don’t even know who Frederick Douglass is..

  19. jmac215 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:52 PM

    phailing101 says:
    Oct 1, 2011 1:26 PM
    Best a first round draft pick? Can NBC afford a fact checker?

      — he was the 30th overall pick asshat… go read your NFL news on TMZ, stop coming here if you don’t like what you see

  20. fooch21 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:52 PM

    phailing101 says:
    Oct 1, 2011 1:26 PM
    Best a first round draft pick? Can NBC afford a fact checker?

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    Check your facts before you tell others to check theirs! Lions traded back into the 30 spot to get him, last I check there are 32 picks in the first round…

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:53 PM

    Suh is THE MAN.

  22. ddjesus says: Oct 1, 2011 1:54 PM

    @phailing… he was the 30th overall pick. Can YOU afford to google?

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 1:54 PM

    woodyg says: Oct 1, 2011 1:19 PM

    Although the gestures by Suh & Best are honorable ……. This ‘love affair’ the media has with the Lions is only serving to set up the Lions & their fanbase for the ‘big fall’ …… Soon we will read how the Lions seemingly can ‘walk on water’ (per the media) …… It’s getting over the top & quite nauseating …….
    ————

    So they can worship your Vikings? or is it Steelers? SHADDAAP

  24. jaypace says: Oct 1, 2011 1:56 PM

    Who steals football equipment. What are thieves going to do play a pick up game. Nice move by suh and best. But I never heard of football equipment being stolen. Only in the D

  25. Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 1, 2011 1:57 PM

    Classy move by both Lions, well done.

    Oh and phailing101? Best was taken 30th overall. 30th is still round one.

  26. jus10jonez says: Oct 1, 2011 2:01 PM

    This is why he’s the best right now. When do you ever hear of the famous QB’s doin something like this? I’m a big Falcons fan but Suh is my favorite defensive player.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:06 PM

    Pacific NW Mark says: Oct 1, 2011 1:57 PM

    Classy move by both Lions, well done.

    Oh and phailing101? Best was taken 30th overall. 30th is still round one.
    ————

    Cynics like you make me want to vomit. You act like he rounded up the press to cover his actions. They were notified by the school later, not by Suh you peon.

  28. skoobyfl says: Oct 1, 2011 2:06 PM

    Big men doing little things, it’s good too see.

  29. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    Scratch that, Pacific NW, it was the wrong person. Supposed to be toward howley1.

  30. lionfanca says: Oct 1, 2011 2:22 PM

    I think maybe they should of helped Denby as well.. after looking at that score.

  31. gpete1962 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:23 PM

    Way to go Suh and Best !!

    Being a positive role model is 2nd most important thing in your NFL career.

    Great players come and go but good citizens that are great players are immortalized.

  32. fooch21 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    jaypace says:
    Oct 1, 2011 1:56 PM
    Who steals football equipment. What are thieves going to do play a pick up game. Nice move by suh and best. But I never heard of football equipment being stolen. Only in the D

    —————————————————-
    Terrell Pryor’s suspension keeps him away from the Raiders, meaning no aliby. I’m thinking he’s the prime suspect. Definitely knows the black market for football gear.

  33. paperlions says: Oct 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    Great thing for those greedy players to do.

    Funny, greedy players always seem to step up and make gestures such as this one. Why is it that the owners never seem to be so charitable? After all, it is the owners that benefit from investing in future football players, not current players.

  34. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    I’m sure they could have found their stolen gear at that big dumbass pawn shop that’s always on T.V, what is it, Hard Core Pawn or something?

  35. chatttty says: Oct 1, 2011 3:14 PM

    I love how people view this so negatively, these guys do a great thing for some people and need and its still not good enough. GROW UP

    greedy players??? paperlions ur a fool

  36. bobbyyyd says: Oct 1, 2011 3:26 PM

    It is great to see players who have more money than 5 people need giving some of it back for a good cause.

  37. Grulks says: Oct 1, 2011 3:30 PM

    andyreidisfat wrote:
    By the way does any other team in the NFL have 2 Guys who are either 1 a or 1 b at their position? Suh and cj on the same team is just crazy

    =====
    In no way am I trying to draw attention from Suh/Best’s fantastic gesture, but I thought your question deserved an answer since another team with that kind of talent, is playing them this week.

    Arguable Dallas, with Ware/Witten.

    That out of the way, I’m predicting a Lions win.

  38. woodyg says: Oct 1, 2011 3:38 PM

    Obviously, some media outlets have become the mouthpiece for the Lions in 2011 …….

    Here’s a link to show what’s being done by one team who has been doing community service since before it was politically correct ……

    http://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/green-bay-packers-in-the-community-jordy-nelson-appears-in-domestic-violence-prevention-psa

    Will there be a special ‘blurp’ for any of this news ….. It’s not the Lions, so …… unlikely…..

  39. backindasaddle says: Oct 1, 2011 3:45 PM

    Does it surprise anybody that this happened in Detroit??? I would have expected a drive by shooting to go along with it.

  40. mnajb says: Oct 1, 2011 3:48 PM

    Usually Suh is the one stealing other peoples’ helmets.

  41. ndomination says: Oct 1, 2011 3:56 PM

    He donates to a lot of different thing… I am nicknaming him Ndonation Suh.

  42. razedeyebrow says: Oct 1, 2011 4:00 PM

    But but but … I thought all NFL players raped chicks in bar bathrooms or had repeat appearances on Turd Watch. Nice to see one or two acting like men instead of punks for a change.

  43. ducesblackshirt says: Oct 1, 2011 4:00 PM

    Shocked to hear this, crime in Detroit is such a rare occurrence.

  44. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 1, 2011 4:15 PM

    Poor cheerleaders.

    How do you do a quick first-down cheer for something called FDCPAYM?

  45. gallaghedj311 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:17 PM

    Witten as a TE is not 1a, 1b, or 1c at hi position. But I agree, Detroit > Dallas this week

  46. howley1 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:27 PM

    You act like he rounded up the press to cover his actions. They were notified by the school later, not by Suh you peon.

    ———————–

    No, they were informed by Suh’s sister, the director of his foundation, you uninformed person. If the press didn’t find out about it until later, why was the press there taking pics and shooting video as Suh handed the stuff out? I mean, good on him for helping these kids out but like I said, lots of players give back and don’t feel the need to make a big “look at me” deal out of it.

  47. howley1 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:27 PM

    Witten as a TE is not 1a, 1b, or 1c at hi position.

    ————–

    Uhhh yeah.

  48. howley1 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:30 PM

    It is great to see players who have more money than 5 people need giving some of it back for a good cause.

    ———————

    It’s not like it came out of his pocket. If you dig deeper you’ll find out that his foundation contacted others and worked with them to make donations. Not that that’s a bad thing, it just is what it is.

  49. lionsfan2086 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:34 PM

    Great work Suh and Best. There’s lots of guys in the NFL who do things like this and these acts deserve more recognition rather than just hearing about the illegal and idiotic things certain players do.

    Also, are people seriously complaining about the media talking about Detroit? Seriously??? Does anyone know how long it’s been since the media talked about the Lions in a positive light? It’s about time. They’re earning it.

  50. lionsfanatic84 says: Oct 1, 2011 4:45 PM

    I bet if Suh finds the thieves he’ll rip their heads off!!!

  51. backindasaddle says: Oct 1, 2011 4:53 PM

    paperlions says:

    Great thing for those greedy players to do.

    Funny, greedy players always seem to step up and make gestures such as this one. Why is it that the owners never seem to be so charitable? After all, it is the owners that benefit from investing in future football players, not current players.
    *****************************************************************
    You obviously have no clue. Just as one example: The owner of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft and his wife who just passed away are LEGENDARY for their philanthropy. This is by no means an isolated case. All of the owners donate large sums of money to charities on a regular basis. Your comment indicates a few things; that you’re totally ignorant of the truth; that you don’t care about the truth…or; that you’re a corporation hating, socialist leaning, union member. My guess is that it’s all of the above.

  52. scomibord says: Oct 1, 2011 5:06 PM

    Classy way to combat the “dirty playing jerk” reputation the media is trying to stick Suh with.
    ___________________________________
    Really?! I dont see the media dressing up like suh and making dirty hits…its all him. like an entitled NFL player needs another reason to deflect the blame or claim their mouth was “hacked”

  53. simplesimon1 says: Oct 1, 2011 5:49 PM

    As a Lions fan of 22 agonizing years, I have said since the offseason this year that I would know the Lions were finally becoming a good team when all the haters showed up to every single article on the Lions, no matter what it was about. Kind of like they do for the Patriots, Packers and Steelers, etc.

    I no longer need any polls claiming the Lions as #3 or stats or wins. This is a story about Suh and Best helping out a high school football team that was robbed. Nothing more, nothing less. And at least half the comments are spewing hatred for the Lions and Suh, calling him “dirty”, etc.

    Once again, armchair NFL fans, if Suh is dirty then everybody is dirty. I’ve still never had anybody take my challenge to find any player, past or present, and coach, aside from Dungy saying he has to tone it down a bit eventually, or any GM, HOFer, etc ever say anything but glowing recommendations as him being the best, or soon to be best, D-lineman in the NFL. That says it all.

    As for the Lions hate……I love it!!!! I’ve been waiting to be the “hated” team for many years. After Dallas, look at the schedule. If we win this game, we’re going 6-0 before there’s even the chance of a loss (sorry Chicago, you’re getting killed on MNF) in week 7 versus the Falcons. Get ready for a lot more talk on the Lions being real people!!!

  54. savannahrose44 says: Oct 1, 2011 6:18 PM

    phailing101 says:
    Oct 1, 2011 1:26 PM
    Best a first round draft pick? Can NBC afford a fact checker?

    Can you?

    He was selected by the Lions with the 30th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

    I found that on a google search lol. Last I checked 30th is still in the first round.

  55. savannahrose44 says: Oct 1, 2011 6:26 PM

    Good on Suh and Best!! It is good to see him use his foundation for a good cause. After all what better cause is there than the development of our future, be they future NFL players or just a bunch of kids learning what it is to be a good sport and a part of something bigger than themselves.

  56. isphet71 says: Oct 2, 2011 1:48 AM

    Although the gestures by Suh & Best are honorable ……. This ‘love affair’ the media has with the Lions is only serving to set up the Lions & their fanbase for the ‘big fall’ …… Soon we will read how the Lions seemingly can ‘walk on water’ (per the media) …… It’s getting over the top & quite nauseating …….

    ———————————

    Got news for you, dude. EVERY team experiences “the big fall” at some point during the season except 1. It’s not what happens at the end as much as it is about the journey.

    It’s sad when jealous fans of other teams that suck come out of the woodwork to bash a good team with a good story.

  57. mark921129 says: Oct 2, 2011 5:14 AM

    It’s intersting to hear fans rip on the city of Detroit, or even the state of Michigan. Clearly very simple minds which are so devoid of facts they resort to ridiculing social issues in lieu of stating football facts to state your case. Must be awesome to live in a city with no crime, no homeless, and zero unemployment. A toast to morons!

  58. mystereo says: Oct 2, 2011 5:56 AM

    I want Suh, Stafford and CJ to be the core of this franchise for the next decade. Keep Mayhew around too. Don’t get cheap now, Ford.

  59. ndnut says: Oct 2, 2011 9:47 AM

    @Andre’s Johnson

    If the academy is for YOUNG MEN I doubt that they have cheerleaders.

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