Ndamukong Suh gives back

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A handful of incidents have earned Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh a reputation for being a dirty player and one of the NFL’s bad boys, but most of the time Suh comes across as a thoughtful man and a person who has a passion both for playing football and for giving back to the community.

The latest example of how there’s more to Suh’s personality than meets the eye comes from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, who tells the story of the youth football camp Suh is putting on in the Detroit area.

“Everybody obviously knows we want to teach them football and little nuances they can learn growing up,” Suh said of his camp. “But the biggest thing is the life skills, understanding that the biggest part of this is learning how to be a young woman or a young man and the dedication and hard work and competing. Just things that transfer to their normal lives, like when they’ve got to grow up and get into high school and college.”

Suh’s camp draws about 250 children, and in addition to Suh the coaches include fellow Lions defensive linemen Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson Hall of Fame former Lion Charlie Sanders and former Nebraska players Cody Glenn and Tommie Frazier.

26 responses to “Ndamukong Suh gives back

  1. “I may be wrong but didnt Cordy Glenn play ball at Georgia?”

    Maybe. CODY Glenn is a former Husker though. Unless they typo’d and fixed it, two different names.

  2. I’ve said it before, as bad as some of Suh’s decisions are, he’s still great for our community. +1 to Avril for being there as well! He’s holding out for that money but still is putting in time in the Detroit community! Now only if we could get him in for camp..

  3. I’m a Lions fan here, and you will probably call me a cynic…but honestly, if you are going to do charity work stop making such an effort to publicize your efforts. And that goes for all athletes/celebrities. This just reeks of a heavily crafted public relations effort to rehabilitate Suh’s image.

  4. Wow – a millionaire pro athlete fulfills his team’s community service obligations. Truly amazing.

    Meanwhile, John Q. Public making $40,000 a year does this kind of stuff all the time, but he’s not recognized. Whatever.

  5. It’s articles like this where I get so conflicted. Want to like this guy but then he goes and does something stupid. If he can keep his antics under control he just might be the most respected feared D-lineman this league has seen since Reggie White

  6. squared80 says:
    Jun 10, 2012 8:01 PM
    Wow – a millionaire pro athlete fulfills his team’s community service obligations. Truly amazing.

    Meanwhile, John Q. Public making $40,000 a year does this kind of stuff all the time, but he’s not recognized. Whatever.
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    Suh has gone well above and beyond his team’s community service obligations. He also gave $2.6MM to the University of Nebraska and along with Jahvid Best helped completely refit a local high school team with new equipment after theirs was stolen.
    This is a football website, if you want to see stories about John Q Public doing nice things go to a regular news website, there are feel good articles like that every day.

  7. This guy’s out of control. When are the Lions going to put a stop to this outrageous behavior?

  8. Plenty of athletes run youth camps, it’s pretty par for the course. Lance Briggs just completed one, I wonder if he’ll have his own story about it? Regardless of what he does off the field, Suh acts like a punk on it. Kid camps, 2.6 million donations to his alma matter off the field doesn’t change what he does on it.

  9. specialteamsposter says:Jun 10, 2012 7:56 PM

    I’m a Lions fan here, and you will probably call me a cynic…but honestly, if you are going to do charity work stop making such an effort to publicize your efforts. And that goes for all athletes/celebrities. This just reeks of a heavily crafted public relations effort to rehabilitate Suh’s image.
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    I guess that it was publice relations that predicated that Suh promise $1 million to his Alma Mater’s football program even before he signed his first pro contract. I guess it was done in anticipation of his stepping on an a$$ clown’s arm (didn’t even draw blood) during a game. You know, the Packer a$$ clown that continually untied Suh’s shoe laces during scrums.

  10. $1 million to his alma mater right before signing a $60+ million contract pre-endorsements? Plus, do you have any idea what kind of booster money goes around in these athletic departments? And like donating to his school is somehow great charity work? And spending a few hours signing footballs….then talking about it to the media makes him a great guy….c’mon, open your eyes.

  11. Suh means D-U-H!!! He’s already a bad dirty player like former Raider and Bronco player, Lyle Alzado.

  12. The big fella has been on a tear buffing up “the brand”, and in turn trying to make himself look better to the corporate world. I’m a Lions fan, but this guy is as phony as they come.

    He refuses to talk to the local media unless he’s putting on a show for the cameras in one of these charity events.

  13. specialteamsposter says: Jun 10, 2012 7:56 PM

    I’m a Lions fan here, and you will probably call me a cynic…but honestly, if you are going to do charity work stop making such an effort to publicize your efforts. And that goes for all athletes/celebrities. This just reeks of a heavily crafted public relations effort to rehabilitate Suh’s image.
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    Do you know in fact that he sought out the freep writer for the story?
    By the way, publicity is what charities need. Wise up please.

  14. People think this is a PR move. The media cones to these events and reports on what players do good or bad. He doesn’t call press conferences for his camps or all the other charitable things he does. Last year a detroit area high school had all there gear stolen he bought them new gear. Theres probly some crazies on here thinkibg”he probly stole them to just get the good PR. People hate just to hate. Go Leos

  15. Duh……how do you think the press finds out about these events unless his publicist pimps for him?

    Hesitation pure publicity hound, trying to repair his image after all of the abuse he took after the stomp and multiple accidents.
    It took years before the press found out about Brandon Inge’s 100’s of thousands in donations to the U of M Children Hospital. Suh stands for nothing but Suh.

  16. @packersbound

    I would expect more out of a packers fan..what are you sixteen?..what a stupid post.

  17. pigskinpimp says:
    Jun 10, 2012 11:36 PM
    Duh……how do you think the press finds out about these events unless his publicist pimps for him?

    Hesitation pure publicity hound, trying to repair his image after all of the abuse he took after the stomp and multiple accidents.
    It took years before the press found out about Brandon Inge’s 100′s of thousands in donations to the U of M Children Hospital. Suh stands for nothing but Suh.
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    Are you kidding me? Every single thing Inge did was always reported in the same “He’s such a nice guy gritty playing though injuries” storyline that he had his entire career. Inge was a Detroit Media darling for years. I think I’ve probably read 30 articles about Inge’s community service, hell it probably kept him in a Tigers uniform longer so he could not hit and cost us more games.

  18. I would have to guess that none of you haters on this thread have ever donated any of your time or money to charity. Just a guess but definitely an educated one.

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