Good Call: Suh's Act of Charity Sets Sincerity Over Skill

Danny BaylissCorrespondent IMay 13, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Ndamukong Suh from the Nebraska Cornhuskers holds up a Detroit Lions jersey after Suh was selected by the 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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“It is better to give than to receive.”

We are all very familiar with the age-old adage that promotes sincerity. While many would gladly prefer to receive, the average person will give back occasionally.

A few cents here, a dollar or two there. Anything that will make noise when dropped into a cup, or is sent to a charity surely helps.

But what if you had the grand opportunity to do both? Enter recent NFL second overall draft pick, Ndamukong Suh.

On the verge of signing a multi-million dollar contract with the Detroit Lions, the heralded defensive tackle out of Nebraska has given back to the school that gave him so much.

This is not your average donation. This is a Daddy Warbucks from Little Orphan Annie-sized gift to the tune of $2.6 million to the university, and why this is not getting Tiger Woods-esque publicity is beyond me.

Okay, maybe it's a bit too soon, but Suh's generosity is desperate and worthy for attention.

We all learn to show good grace and be charitable at the youngest of ages, because we are most vulnerable. We learn to eventually get passed our childish desires and think of others.

This is perfectly displayed in football. Draft picks, still considered “babies,” mothers and grandmothers alike, sometimes make their first ever contracts more difficult than they need be. I mean, after that first $30 million, does it really matter?

If karma was a certainty in life, this kind of gratitude would be more than a rare occasion of sincerity or publicity stunt. Athletes like Suh, and Tim Tebow for that matter, put forth the positive image that the athletic world needs.

These are the kind of people you root for, not just in sports, but life. You shake his hand, and you feed off his character.

This should not come across as a demand for celebrities to do more for the world. Their contributions to society never seem to peak.

Professional cyclist and activist Lance Armstrong has practically made donating and giving his second occupation.

The stellar point in this instance is the maturity shown at such a promising age.

Suh did not need to do this. Nobody does. But when dropped under public eye, he delivered.

Granted he is not saving a life, or helping fund time and technology to help find a certain cure. He is providing a substantial amount of money for Nebraska's athletic department, and to create scholarships.

There is nothing mere about it, and while some may view the source of the donation as a questionable destination, he is providing for the future.

He is raising the bar.

Suh will make a living on the football field. Quarterbacks will be hearing him breathe in their sleep. Make no mistake, while his contributions are that of a pleasant, sincere citizen, he is quite the antithesis on the field.

His talent level is through the roof, past Cloud Nine, and is requesting clearance to leave the Earth’s atmosphere. There is no doubt that Suh will be great, but his greatest accomplishment is what took place off the field.

You tip your hat to him, he deserves it.


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