Posted on August 26, 2012 • Posted in Detroit, What We're Thinking About

The Detroit Lions’ stock has risen significantly the past few years.  Changes in coaching and leadership have brought a fresh perspective to an NFL franchise that limped its way through every season and didn’t see a playoff game in this century – until 2011.

Exciting players have joined the team, notably quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Megatron, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Suh is one of the most feared players in the NFL.  On the field he is merciless, unforgiving and formidable.  He is a lot of fun to watch if you’re a Lions fan. Not so much if you are cheering for the opposing team.

Here’s a guy who spends his days charging the largest football players and slamming them to the ground.  The vast majority of us know him as a big, mean, tough guy.

Off the field, it appears that his heart is as big and game-changing as his tackles are.  The Giving Back Fund, whose vision is “a society in which becoming a successful philanthropist is as valued and desirable a goal as success in athletics, business, entertainment, or any other field,” releases a list every year of the celebrities and athletes who give the most.

Suh is the top athlete on the list, giving $2.6 million to his alma mater, the University of Nebraska, for the athletic department and to endow a scholarship at the College of Engineering.  He graduated with a degree in Construction Management in 2009.  This gift is #6 on the overall list of thirty and is the largest contribution to Nebraska from a former football player.

It’s great to have a player like Suh – a leader both on and off the field who sets an example for all other professional athletes – in Detroit.