Ndamukong Suh, justifiably considered one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, is also one of the most generous with his money. Absent from this cut is that along with Nike’s $350,000 donation was Suh’s $250,000 donation. More after the cut:
Construction of a new artificial turf field and a new track surrounding it will begin soon and is expected to be finished before the football season starts. Nike also contributed $350,000, and Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish called the donations “an example of how we all benefit when private and public partners come together around a shared goal.”
If you don’t click over to PFT, the gist is this: Suh’s high school alma mater’s field was in such disrepair that said team had to play all of its games on the road. So, Suh donted a quarter-million, got $350K from Nike to match (it’s a Portland-OR school), and voila, feel-good story.
At least at PFT, no mention is made of the “public” part of this public-private coming together. $600,000, even in this day, will build a nice football stadium. I love the politician horning in on this, as though there is some marriage of altruism and grace – sounds to me like a private person and a – granted – publicly traded entity got together for a nice gesture, and an expensive one at that.
The other part of this story that interests me is the very visible dual personality of Suh. His on-field exploits of dirtiness are well-documented – whether by calculation or emotion, he’s a dirty player, his foot-stomps of downed players are well-known. Thus the question: how does a guy as smart as Suh – and watching him interviewed repeatedly in three short years, he is quite intelligent – play so visibly dirty yet lead such an altruistic off-field life?
No easy answers, of course. Off the field, so far as I’ve read, he leads a model life and is beyond-charitable with his wealth. A paradox, I guess (not exactly profound – far from it – but interesting to me and many others). /brex