Charlie Sanders' charity golf outing hits home for Ndamukong Suh

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. - Charlie Sanders knows why his charity golf outing was so successful for the second straight year.

"I know some people who know some people," he said with a laugh.

The former Detroit Lions tight end and NFL Hall of Famer held a golf outing at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield Monday, to help the mission of his foundation.

'Have a Heart, Save a Life' is the tagline, and the efforts help promote heart checks for student athletes.

"The best feeling is that people I do know, they care about the young adults out there. The student athletes we're talking about, giving them an opportunity to make sure they have a healthy heart before they go out and participate in sports."

With heart disease and surprise deaths haunting the fields of youth more and more these days, Sanders had no trouble getting current and former Lions to step up -- and tee it up.

"He double-checked on me and I was a little upset, but he knew I was gonna come," Ndamukong Suh said in between holes.

The Lions defensive tackle said it was easy to say yes to Sanders. Suh respects the Hall of Famer, and recognized they've gotten close, but the day's cause also struck a chord with him.

"It's very close to me. Not a lot of people know this, but one of my close teammates when I was in high school died of a heart disease," he explained.

Suh said his fallen teammate's mother made a strong push to have local schools store a defibrillator in case of emergencies.

"I thought that was very important, so it's exciting for me to be a part of this and help raise money for it. It's something that's definitely close to my heart."

Matthew Stafford, Herman Moore, Tom Izzo, Dave Bing, Vinnie Johnson, Lem Barney, and Don Muhlbach were some of the other celebrity golfers on hand.

Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli

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