Just hours before he was due to report to Lions headquarters in Allen Park for training camp, Ndamukong Suh was in Madison Heights hosting a free football camp for kids in conjunction with Meijer, Proctor & Gamble and the YMCA.
"This is an impact camp for kids who are not as fortunate enough to be able to apply for the regular (paid) camps," said Suh. "I think it's just a good opportunity to have some excitement in the morning and then roll into camp. I've got a tough conditioning test, so it makes it a little easier. My mind's not on it just yet."
Suh hosted a camp earlier this summer in Dearborn and just as he was then, he was very involved with the kids during their time together on the field today.
"I love the kids' stories when the kids when they see me and how they've wanted to meet me," said Suh. "My biggest thing out of the whole situation is to allow them to be able to feel me and touch me and let them know I'm real. I was in their places a couple of years ago."
Though he's done a lot of traveling and training during the offseason, Suh has kept a close eye on the transactions made in Allen Park, including the signing of Matthew Stafford to an extension.
Over the past two seasons, he's seen Stafford and Calvin Johnson sign long-term. It's natural for fans, reporters and Suh himself to think about whether he's next on the Lions priority list. If the team chooses to follow its recent pattern, it would work on an extension with Suh after the 2013 season.
"I'm very close with our GM and president," said Suh, referencing Martin Mayhew and Tom Lewand. "I was just with Calvin in LA this past Friday so we all keep in contact, we all have each others' phone numbers, keep each other up to date on what's going on and what we're looking forward to doing."
As for the talk of a contract extension?
"It's two years away, so I've got a lot of time to think about it," said Suh. "My focus this year is just on winning. It doesn't mean anything if you're the best player in the world or whatever it is if you're not winning games and winning as a team.
When asked if he'd be open to signing an extension before his current deal expires after the 2014 season, Suh seemed positive.
"I think my track record's kind of proven that, especially with the restructures and things I've done in the past," said Suh. "I'm not opposed to anything. I'm open to pretty much all situations, all opportunities, especially if it's allowing us to get to wins."
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