At the halfway point of the 2010 season it's become obvious that the Detroit Lions made the right pick in April's draft.â†µ
Rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh has been a force both on and off the field for the Lions, and Sports Illustrated has taken notice. The magazine has nominated Suh for Sportsman of the Year for 2010 (nominated by Albert Chen):â†µ
Suh is my Sportsman because, as the city of Detroit is finding out, he is much more than a great football player. Suh is my Sportsman because of everything he has already given back in his bright, young career.â†µ
Suh has been one of the most visible athletes since coming to Detroit this spring, attending several Pistons and Red Wings games so far this season. Suh also donated $2.6 million to the University of Nebraska before even signing his rookie contract. It was the largest donation ever by a former athlete.â†µ
Suh's generosity and accomplishments during his career also earned him a prestigious honor from his former alma mater. Suh will have his number retired during the Cornhuskers' annual Black Friday game with Colorado. Though his No. 93 will technically be retired, Nebraska doesn't take retired numbers out of circulation and will be eligible to wear for other players.