Sports Illustrated won’t officially name their Sportsman of the Year until November 29, but one local athlete is in the running.
Lions rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been nominated for the award by SI staff writer Albert Chen. Suh’s accomplishments on the field speak for themselves, but it was his off the field actions that caught Chen’s attention:
At Nebraska’s spring game in Lincoln last April the sun shined brightly on Memorial Stadium as the crowd of 77,393 rose to their feet and cheered when Suh’s massive, smiling mug appeared on the stadium big screen. The beloved former Cornhusker then made a stunning announcement: he was pledging to donate $2.6 million to the university, the largest charitable contribution ever from a former athlete. It was a staggering amount, given that Suh hadn’t yet signed with the team that picked him second in the 2010 draft, the Detroit Lions. It was also unprecedented: no athlete had ever given back so much to his alma mater before singing a professional sports contract.
Read the entire nominating article at SI.com by clicking the thumbnail below: