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.