BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Ndamukong Suh and Tony Scheffler spent the morning in Allen Park, working out with their Lions teammates at the team's headquarters.
At 4pm, it was time to get to work again. Only this time, they got to work at a local gym in Bloomfield Hills.
It's a gym they'll call home. And that's because they own it.
Suh and Scheffler are co-owners of the brand new D1 Sports Gym, the fourteenth of its kind in the United States. The business venture is something they honed in on a year ago, focusing on a strength of their own: sports.
"It's an opportunity for me to show the kids what I went through, the things I went through when I was younger," Suh said.
"I started out in sports. I was fortunate enough to have a similar situation, not as advanced as D1 was, but it helped me get better."
Tony Scheffler grew up in the state, and said he grew up watching his Lions heroes, dreaming of catching up with them in person. Today, the table is flipped, as boys and girls lined the halls of D1 Sports, hoping to sneak a glimpse of their local hero.
"I was in their shoes at one time, and I didn't have anything like this. I promise you that. It's all top of the line, and they're gonna get their money's worth," the Lions tight end explained.
Doctors and trainers from the Detroit Lions will help guide the patrons at D1. That factor is an advantage Suh and Scheffler highlighted.
While they're used to working out with big, sweaty football players, the Lions players said they welcome a much different environment at the gym.
"You could have a 65-year old woman and an 8-year old little boy in here battling, going at it," Scheffler laughed.
Suh just hopes he can continue to make an impact in a place he now calls home.
"I hope to win many championships here. This shows this is where I want to be...for a long time."
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