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LaMarr Woodley donates $60,000 to cover school budget cuts

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A Michigan school district will not have to go through with plans to make students pay to play sports after Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley stepped in to help.

As a result of budget cuts, Saginaw Public Schools implemented a fee of $75 this year for students wanting to play sports. When Woodley, a 2003 Saginaw High School graduate, heard about that, he contacted the school district, asked how much money those fees would collect, and then told them to scrap the fees because he’d cover the $60,000 himself.

Woodley has declined to draw any attention to himself for his donation, but the school’s athletic director, Dan Szatowski, told the Saginaw News that hundreds of kids are going to benefit from Woodley’s generosity.

If you know him, you know he’s not doing it to see his name in the paper,” Szatkowski said. “He’s beyond that. What a great message this sends to the kids, to the families, to the other people in the city and even the state. It’s a tough time, but here’s a professional player who gets it. This is a big deal. He’s providing the means for kids to participate. What’s the price you can put on that? What price do you put on an experience? LaMarr Woodley is providing for that experience.”

During an offseason when far too many NFL players were in the news for drunk driving or domestic violence, Woodley is the kind of player NFL fans should celebrate.

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  1. galvestontexans says: Aug 16, 2012 10:56 AM

    Good Stuff

  2. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    Salute!

  3. huskersrock1 says: Aug 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    Thumbs up LaMarr.

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    Nice gesture. Even the most cynical among us has to appreciate this.

  5. mancave001 says: Aug 16, 2012 10:58 AM

    Well done. Now, if we can get pop music stars to start directly saving more music programs, we’ll be in good shape.

  6. titansbro says: Aug 16, 2012 10:59 AM

    Hate the Steelers, but Bravo sir.

  7. rickywatts80 says: Aug 16, 2012 10:59 AM

    Great job LaMarr!

  8. senetor24 says: Aug 16, 2012 10:59 AM

    I’m not a Steelers fan, but just became a huge LaMar Woodley fan.

  9. dannyocean83 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:00 AM

    He went to a great school. He’s a MICHIGAN MAN. Go Blue!

  10. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:01 AM

    wow. what a man. why cant more players be generous like Lamarr woodly. good heart. good man.

  11. godblessfootball says: Aug 16, 2012 11:01 AM

    AMEN! Outstanding good deed Lamar Woodley!

  12. reppster says: Aug 16, 2012 11:01 AM

    Impressed with this. Awesome work!

  13. brownsfn says: Aug 16, 2012 11:01 AM

    Even as a Browns fan I have to say hats off to you sir…well played sir…well played indeed…

  14. barneyrumble says: Aug 16, 2012 11:02 AM

    Not a big Steelers fan, but just became a BIG LaMarr Woodley fan. Good on him!

  15. t8ertot says: Aug 16, 2012 11:04 AM

    Class act. Too bad more athletes don’t do the same. Or maybe the media doesn’t cover these stories. Unfortunately players
    only get attention when they’re in trouble.

  16. dadofthedecade says: Aug 16, 2012 11:04 AM

    What a fantastic gesture, and what a stupid society that we live in where we can’t fund our schools sufficiently so crap like this needs to happen. Heaven forbid we pay reasonable taxes.

  17. ravensos says: Aug 16, 2012 11:05 AM

    i absolutely hate the steelers and watching this guy harass joe constantly, but that story made me smile, good for him!

  18. eaglesw00t says: Aug 16, 2012 11:05 AM

    Very nice of him, but its not a long term solution. Next year, they will still want to charge that because the budget does not allow for sports. Its that simple. Unless youre going to cover it every year, the fee is going to stick.

    A lot of high schools are doing this now. Heck, 71% of my property taxes goes to our regional high school. Thats a ton of money. And somehow, they cant afford sports without a fee, the teachers complain they dont make enough, and everyone complains about supplies, and how the school doesnt even have paper.

    Something is terribly wrong with our system as it stands. We have a typing teacher in our system that is making $93,000 this year. She has been teaching for 33 years, but $93,000 to teach typing is slightly absurd if you ask me.

  19. ningenito78 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:06 AM

    Class move.

  20. steelcitychick2 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:10 AM

    This is why I love LaMarr Woodley. He’s such a badass on the field , yet has such a big heart. I like to see more players do stuff like this. Great Job!

  21. danielcp0303 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:13 AM

    This Cowboys fan just became a Lamarr Woodley fan. The great ones don’t do it for attention

  22. dirtybirds24 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:13 AM

    Good for you Lamar… Class act.. coming from a ravens fan too..

  23. dirtybird70 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:14 AM

    Outstanding. What a classy move. He may have just ultimately saved a few lives.

  24. chitownmike says: Aug 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    Being an Irish fan and not liking Michigan at all, I applaud his generosity. Good for Lamarr and the Saginaw community!

  25. upyoursnfu says: Aug 16, 2012 11:17 AM

    Class act

  26. theawesomersfranchise says: Aug 16, 2012 11:17 AM

    Damn Classy and Likeable Steeler, can’t say anything snide about him now.

  27. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Aug 16, 2012 11:18 AM

    Way too go Lamar!!! You my friend are a class act. More of these athletes should try to emulate your actions!

  28. crazyphatdude14 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:19 AM

    @eagleswoot

    There’s only one problem with lack of funds in our education system: “UNIONS”

    That’s why she’s making $93,000 a year.

  29. jimiinpa says: Aug 16, 2012 11:20 AM

    we need more stories like this , not more on who got arrested this week. well done sir

  30. michiganhockey11 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:20 AM

    Sagingaw has a lot of blight and bad news going on. It’s great to see some positive news about the area and a man who does not seek acolades to assist the town he’s from. That’s the measure of greatness.

  31. myvickinabox14 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:21 AM

    Here here

  32. Steeler's Will-enator says: Aug 16, 2012 11:23 AM

    It’s easy to focus on the negative when that’s all that gets delivered to your doorstep. I’ll bet all teams have at least one player that does stuff like this every year, and like Woodley, they don’t necessarily want the accolades so it goes unreported. Don’t forget that while there were a lot of arrests this year and a lot of turds exposed, there were a lot more that lived their lives respectably and gave a little back. Raise a glass to the ballers that don’t forget their origins!

  33. mjkelly77 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:24 AM

    A Michigan kid … good stuff.

  34. rmzthefirst says: Aug 16, 2012 11:27 AM

    It would be nice if more players were like this helping out other school districts in our country…!
    Cudos, LaMar, cudos….!

  35. mjkelly77 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:29 AM

    Suh donated $2.6 million to the University of Nebraske BEFORE he even signed his first pro contract. Very commendable. I just wish some of that money found its way to the Detroit Public School system now that Kwame Krookpatrick and the other thieving con artist associates of his have been swept out of Detroit and into prison.

  36. gopats51 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:39 AM

    It’s stories like this that make football great. I hate the steelers and I’m sure the feeling is mutual as I am a pats fan. But stories like this can bring fans of all teams together. This is a great gesture by Mr. Woodley. So maybe today I will hate the steelers a little less.

  37. castleofcheese says: Aug 16, 2012 11:41 AM

    Very classy move!

  38. cosanostra71 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:42 AM

    rock on lamar woodley!

  39. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 16, 2012 11:51 AM

    I was waiting to see how long it would take for some genius to blame unions for this.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. If you had ever spent any amount of time around a teacher you would know that they work incredibly long hours for s*#t pay. They spend tons of their own money on supplies for their classrooms and often get treated like dirt by parents who think their kids are gods gift to the earth.
    The woman makes 93,000 a year because she has 33 years of seniority. That’s how it works in the public and private sectors. You build up seniority and get raises and promotions based on your accomplishments and the amount of time you’ve been with the company.
    I bet crazyphatdude14 would be happy to work a job for his whole life and never get a raise or promotion though right?

  40. jmp527 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:53 AM

    wouldn’t it be great if all athletes, or even half, made this same type of donation to the high school they attended to help out these struggling schools? The best part is that this probably happened months ago and just now is finding it’s way into the media. He didn’t want any recognition and that shows class. I’m still waiting for the ravenator’s response to this

  41. hokiegajanisgod says: Aug 16, 2012 11:53 AM

    Lamarr Woodley is the anti James Harrison: All class, all the time.

    The Steelers should be proud to have someone of Woodley’s outstanding nature,

  42. beardinals says: Aug 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    Great to hear. Lots of other guys in the league give their time and money too. Let’s not forget about them. Lots more need to step up into this sort of role as well.

  43. righteousaviator says: Aug 16, 2012 12:00 PM

    Ok, for that, I promise to hate your team just a little less.

  44. inklesspencil says: Aug 16, 2012 12:03 PM

    longtime ravens fan here, this was a wonderful think Woodley did, more players should step up and do something like this!

  45. maximusprime107 says: Aug 16, 2012 12:09 PM

    Hate the Steelers with a passion, but good job man

  46. onereasonableman says: Aug 16, 2012 12:16 PM

    Man, I’m a Browns fan and a Buckeye, and I still have to tip my cap to him! Very classy move.

  47. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 16, 2012 12:20 PM

    to woodley: much props. a class gesture.

    to the commenters bashing teachers, salaries, and unions, go to some political site where you and your friends can complain about stuff you know nothing about without bothering football fans with it. anyone who knows anything knows that the wasted money in school systems in almost all in the administration, not the people who actually teach.

    if you haven’t realized it by now, the teachers unions are being made scapegoats by the politicians to divert attention from their complete inability to cut off the waste going to their political donors.

  48. godofwine330 says: Aug 16, 2012 12:21 PM

    This is significant because in my town of Medina, Ohio it is $600 per kid per sport to play high school sports. That is too damned high. I have been planning on going to the city council meetings to question why the cost is so high, see where the money goes and what could be done to lessen the burden on the parents of my city. Many parents simply tell their kids they cannot play, because if you have multiple kids talented in multiple sports you simply cannot afford it.

    Good job on Woodley stepping up, but these cities are going overboard with this pay to play crap IMO. When I was a kid 17 years ago all I had to do was show up to practice.

  49. originalsteelcurtain says: Aug 16, 2012 12:21 PM

    I got a #56 Woodley home black last year…because this dude exemplifies Steeler football.

    He could lead the league in sacks…he was on pace for 16 before he got injured last year. The torch of great Steeler LBers has been passed!

    Awesome that he choose to give back so close to his roots.

  50. stealersfannot says: Aug 16, 2012 12:24 PM

    Salute from Raven Nation!

    Class Act.

  51. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 16, 2012 12:28 PM

    ps-the main reason why our schools in Michigan are facing budget shortfalls is a decrease in tax revenue which was brought on by the recession. More houses in foreclosure and more people out of work means a smaller tax base. Combine this with the fact that many people have decided to simply pack up and leave the state (even less taxpayers) and it shouldn’t be too difficult for anyone who actually wants to think critically and intelligently to understand why our schools are facing cuts.

  52. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Aug 16, 2012 12:33 PM

    I may not be a Steelers fan, but I am now a LaMarr Woodley fan. Love to see type of thing. I wish more rich athletes would follow this guy’s example.

  53. m2karateman says: Aug 16, 2012 12:34 PM

    Nice move Lamarr.

    But, this isn’t the first time an NFL player has stepped in to help a Michigan High School football program THIS YEAR. Earlier this year, Jahvid Best and Ndamukong Suh helped a team replace equipment that was stolen, and paid for it themselves.

    So for all of you who bash Ndamukong Suh, just remember he has a heart too.

  54. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Aug 16, 2012 12:38 PM

    Hero!

  55. LoCoSu@%s says: Aug 16, 2012 12:39 PM

    Any thumbs down on the comments above are
    a) Mistaken clicks, parallax errors – its ok – we forgive you. OR
    b) Severely juveline behaviors. Tell me 1 thing that is wrong about Woodley’s gesture

  56. theboysofdallas says: Aug 16, 2012 12:44 PM

    What a gentleman

  57. commonsensedude says: Aug 16, 2012 12:48 PM

    Awesome! It’s really nice to hear about some of the good things that a number of players do that go under the radar.

  58. ahostiletakeover says: Aug 16, 2012 1:02 PM

    Coming from a Ravens fan, I am not a fan of some of the big-mouthed things Lamarr has said about my team here recently, but I respect the hell outta this guy as a player. I’ve said for years that even though they feed off of eachother as a tandem, Lamarr has 10x the potential that Harrison ever had and he seems to get better every year. Now I’ve got a reason to respect the guy off the field too. Quality player and man. Now just don’t expect anymore kind words from this direction, hahaha.

  59. tlmoon2112 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:14 PM

    Class act, class move. I generally hate the Steelers but kudos to him…glad to see they arent all bad.

  60. bigdaddydooko says: Aug 16, 2012 1:15 PM

    What is this??? Do my eyes deceive me?? A media outlet has posted a positive story??

  61. ebrownwareagle says: Aug 16, 2012 1:30 PM

    Kudos Lamar! Hats off! Buy here is my problem with the entire situation. Why are we as PEOPLE/ AMERICANS, waiting and wanted professional athletes to use the money they earn to bail us out or build up a community. That’s really not his responsibility. I applaud all who so call give back. One life guard can save the entire beach! We as people need to step up to the plate as a society and handle our business. The responsibilities is our as a whole and government. Repub’s vs. Dems vs. T party. When will we’ve people for all people. Yet we call ourselves Patriotic. Hippocrates.

  62. neemdaddy13 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:33 PM

    Good work Woodley, at least there is one classy Steeler.

  63. monkeyjuice313 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    Thumbs up to Lamar Woodley. Thumbs down to the ONE guy who clicked all the “thumbs down” buttons.

  64. mizzouram says: Aug 16, 2012 1:42 PM

    I find it humorous that the same people who are congratulating him are the same ones who are going to be slandering him if he runs info financial trouble later in his life.

  65. menentj says: Aug 16, 2012 1:43 PM

    Thumbs up, Lamarr!

    This is giving back to your community. I wish celebrities (actors & actresses, musicians, singers, etc) would also do the same thing.

    I am a Dolphins and Lamarr Woodley fan now.

    /TM.

  66. Broncofanatic7 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:01 PM

    @monkeyjuice313
    Haha! I noticed the same thing. Like some guy just HAD to come on here and hit the thumbs down button one every single comment… get a life.

  67. priceou86 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:15 PM

    As a Browns fan and a Buckeye I royally hate Lamarr Woodley, but as a teacher I love this.

  68. holeinone09 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:24 PM

    Great story about LaMarr helping kids! Wonderful gesture and nice job!

    Also, glad to see some rival fans can draw a line between their feelings for the Steelers in a football game and commenting on a great charity gesture that will help kids by a Steeler player. Nice job to all you as well.

  69. covercorner says: Aug 16, 2012 2:34 PM

    Very nice.

  70. 303bengalguy says: Aug 16, 2012 2:34 PM

    Tip of the cap from a Buckeye fan…

  71. baltimoret says: Aug 16, 2012 2:39 PM

    I am a Ravens fan, so I’m supposed to hate the Steelers…I can’t do it. Not when you see selfless acts like this. People when a role model in sports? Look to Mr. Woodley. Owners are worth Bazillions, and where are their stories like this? Next time the owners try to demonize the players, someone please bring this up.

  72. jssgriffi says: Aug 16, 2012 4:02 PM

    Wow, it’s nice to see someone actually give back to a community. $60,000 isn’t much in any of the players pockets and woodley is the only one that shows that he isn’t a selfish egotistical p.o.s. This country needs more ppl like that! You think any of these rich owners or c.e.o.’s would even think of doing something like that? Absolutely not!! They would rather buy another house or another yaht or another private jet. Nice to see there are some real human beings left that have money to help. As for the rest of you corporate fat cats, burn and rot in hell!

  73. jssgriffi says: Aug 16, 2012 4:14 PM

    It may not be woodley responsibility to bail any school out of money problems, but he unlike any of his fellow players gets that without us there is none of them. Just like the rich!

  74. vasteelerfan says: Aug 16, 2012 5:10 PM

    Steeler fans have you noticed what raven troll has not commented about lamar’s good deed? It is nice to see people who hate the steelers having to swallow their pride and compliment such a good deed. I compliment you for putting your envy aside when lauding a good move by a member of a classy team. Haters hate

  75. toes110 says: Aug 16, 2012 5:33 PM

    Just became a big Woodley fan… just think if more celebrities did this kinda stuff… This country would be in much better shape…

  76. jtm12180 says: Aug 16, 2012 7:36 PM

    Woodley is one of the most humble athletes in pro sports. Anyone that follows him on his facebook sees that he’s always posting candid home photos & videos….it’s refreshing to see that he’s just a normal human being like everyone else, who just happens to be blessed with God given talents on the field.

    And a great gesture with the donation!

  77. ernestbynershands says: Aug 16, 2012 8:03 PM

    Great to read about NFL players doing things like this to get in the news.
    Hats off to Woodley, even if he is a steeler and a wolverine from Saginasty.

  78. csilojohnson says: Aug 16, 2012 9:40 PM

    Hokie, James Harrison donates a lot of money to many causes. Get your facts straight before you slander someone. Just because he tackles harder then most are able, and plays the game with lot of passion does not make him a bad person. DISCLAIMER: FOOTBALL IS A CONTACT SPORT. THESE MEN GET PAID MILLIONS. Stop crying.

  79. discosucs2005 says: Aug 18, 2012 11:04 AM

    #FootballBasedEconomy

  80. bigdawgy54 says: Aug 20, 2012 3:46 PM

    Bravo to Mr. Woodley! Even as a Browns fan I have to give credit where it’s due.
    Being remembered as a “good man,” trumps anything else.

  81. catfish252 says: Aug 22, 2012 12:08 PM

    Wonderful thing to do, LaMarr.

  82. sullijo1 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:17 PM

    Total waste of money – this is like giving money to a drunk. Our school systems are failing our children – especially minorities.

    More money is not the answer……the inflation adjusted $ per student is twice what it was 40 years ago….it’s the easy, but not correct answer.

    We have major social issues in this country – those are much harder to fix.

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