Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh Has Unique Opportunity to Begin NFL Legend

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterApril 25, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Ndamukong Suh of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks on stage after he was selected by the Detroit Lions number 2 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Ndamukong Suh is the biggest news in Detroit in quite a long time.

Quite literally.

The mammoth defensive tackle from Nebraska was selected second by the Lions in the 2010 NFL Draft in what many have called the safest pick of the draft.

Not only is Suh a great defensive talent, but he lacks the work-ethic or character concerns of top defensive linemen picks like Gerard Warren or even former Lion Shaun Rogers.

Suh is considered fool proof.

Impressive on the field for sure, but some have pointed out that he is a phenomenal human being as well.

Martin Mayhew said Suh is a: "Great player, better person, ver disruptive (on the field) very productive. He's the kind of guy that makes the people around him better and we're very excited to have him join our team."

Recently, Suh made headlines in his collegiate state of Nebraska, pledging to donate two million dollars to the athletic department's strength and conditioning program and an additional six hundred thousand for a school of engineering endowment.

What a way to spend your first paycheck!

Yet, on a related note, how much does the University of Nebraska need that money?

In no way, should anyone discount the gift Suh is making, he is a great kid for thinking about giving first and spending second.

But, that same Nebraska strength and conditioning program produced some pretty good NFL players, like...Ndamukong Suh!

Not to mention other NFL athletes like Dominic Raiola, Brandon Jackson, Adam Carricker, Barrett Ruud, and Kyle Vanden Bosch—all of whom turned out pretty good in a program without that $2 million.

Again, great work with the gift, Ndamukong!

But, can I suggest a more deserving recipient?


You are heading to one of the most poverty-stricken city in the United States, with some of the highest unemployment and equally worrisome crime rates.

Mr. Suh, you can help.

Last week, Chris Hansen of Dateline produced a well-done piece on the city of Detroit called "Heartbreak and Hope."

Hansen created a stir among Michiganders because his story showed more of the former and less of the latter. Detroit residents and local media called the piece negative.

Perhaps, that is because a former resident like Hansen doesn't see a whole lot of hope in a once great city searching for renewal.

Find someone who has that Dateline on their DVR or someone at NBC who can get that footage to you.

You will want to help.

Believe me Mr. Suh, you can help.

When you get to Detroit, meet some teammates and make some new friends—especially Matt Stafford, making $16 million this year, and your rookie teammate Jahvid Best.

Those guys can help a lot too.

Get yourself introduced to former Detroit Piston Dave Bing. He's the mayor in Detroit and is committed to Detroit turning itself around. Introduce yourself to those serious about running for Michigan's soon-to-be vacant governor's seat.

Those men and women will want to help.

Boys and girls clubs, after school programs, the United Way, and many other great programs could use your help.

Former Lions like Charlie Sanders, Bennie Blades, and Eric Beverly have their own foundations. None of them made the kind of money you are about to.

Did you know the Detroit Lions have funded their own charter school, The Detroit Lions Academy? Just think, Ndamukong Suh Elementary!

What a difference you can make!

To be clear, Ndamukong Suh doesn't owe the city of Detroit anything but his best effort on the football field—that would be more than enough.

If Suh wants to buy 40 cars and a house in Southfield and spend his offseasons in a mansion somewhere nicer, that is his choice, and he has earned it.

It's just, the need in Detroit is so great. Suh has the ability to change millions of lives far more than weightlifting programs or engineering scholarships ever could.

If Ndamukong Suh is looking to do good, he has landed in the city with the best opportunity.

Michael Schottey operates Blue And Silver Pride and is a Detroit Lions featured columnist for Bleacher Report . He also serves as a team correspondent for DraftTek.com and is a guest blogger for Mlive's Highlight Reel . Check out his Podcasts and add him on Twitter .  


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