Ndamukong Suh transitions from player to coach at his annual kids camp

Posted Jun 8, 2013

A fun-loving Ndamukong Suh enjoys time spent with local kids at his annual football camp in Dearborn

It doesn't take much to pull the inner child out of Ndamukong Suh.

On Saturday, Suh kicked off his two-day kids camp -- "Camp Suh" -- at Dearborn High School for kids ages 7-14.

"You don't have the serious Suh that's on the football field," said the two-time Pro Bowler. "You get the fun-loving, wild one that likes to have fun with the kids and run around with them, chase them.

"The kids definitely bring a different side of me out -- a more fun-loving side."

Ndamukong Suh(L-R) Willie Young, Ndamukong Suh and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

Out to support on Suh on Saturday were teammates Ziggy Ansah, Freddie Bishop, Spencer Nealy, Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen and Willie Young.

The linemen acted as coaches and were even asked questions from the kids in a Q&A emceed by Suh.

"Are you friends with Matt Stafford?" one camper asked Young, who responded, "He's a great guy. I'm sure he would like to meet you one day."

There is something about teammates coming out in support of an event like this that resonates with NFL players.

Gone is the structure of on-field business. Instead, players are focused on creating a positive experience for young kids and simply having fun with one another.

"It's important to be here for Suh and make sure he knows that we have his back," said Saddler-McQueen.

Bishop agreed and added that he has even more to enjoy by participating in the camp.

"This is my hometown ā€“ Iā€™m from Inkster and this is right down the street from me," said the former Western Michigan Bronco. "So being able to come out here and support the kids ā€“ even a couple of the kids going to the same middle school that I went to.

"This is real important and it's something special to give back to them."


  • Pinnacle Foods donated breakfast to the campers. Leftover food was donated to a local shelter: Vista Maria of Dearborn Heights.
  • Campers were broken up into smaller groups to get the most out of the instructional periods.
  • A handful of girls participated in the camp and impressed with their football skills.