Devon Stopped by The Community Footlocker store on 8 Mile Rd in Detroit with 4 DPS students from the Detroit brotherhood & sisterhood after school program. These kids were hand picked by the Detroit police volunteers and acknowledged for being leaders in the program and maintaining great grades! I wanted to reward them with a shopping spree for Christmas!

To me, the Walter Payton Man of The Year Award stands for excellence on and off the field. As I reflect on every player who has ever won this award I see one common thread; a group of man who are exceptional football players but at some point made the realization that real success is helping OTHERS succeed and grow. Their life’s work reflects this realization.

With that said, I am extremely honored and humbled to be mentioned alongside such men as a nominee for this years Walter Payton Man of The Year award. Youth mentorship, education and literacy has been a passion of mine since entering the NFL 6 years ago and I’m excited to shed light on the amazing organizations I have had the honor of working with here in Detroit. I want to personally thank my family, Mrs. Ford, Coach Patricia, all my teammates and the community relations department here in Detroit. This would not be possible without the help of all of you and I am eternally grateful.

Thank you again and God Bless,

DK

December 7, 2019

For Thanksgiving Devon and his teammates Matthew Stafford, Jarrad David and Danny Amendola partnered with Ford to surprise the Detroit Boxing Gym with new equipment, a car to get kids to and from program and tickets to a game. The Detroit Boxing Gym is a non profit organization in Detroit thats a safe haven for kids to go after school and get school work done as well as learn boxing and other leadership skills that is applicable in all areas of life.

Devon partners with Hungry Howies on his off day (cheat day) to deliver pizza to Detroit Lions fans and decided to sit down and have dinner with family. Devon also surprised the family with field passes and tickets to the game!

Devon received the 2019 Detroit Public Safety Award from the Detroit Public Safety Foundation on behalf of the Detroit Lions organization. The Lions organization received this award because of the social justice initiative that the players created in 2018. Devon was chosen to be apart of the social justice leadership committee which ultimately raised $600,000 that was allocated to select non profit organizations in the metro Detroit area.

 

Although the money raised was very necessary, Devon is most proud of the amount of time he and his teammates spent in the Detroit community and hopes that their efforts begin to make a difference in the city.

 

Devon scored his first touchdown in the NFL against his former team, the NY Giants. His touchdown ended up being a deciding factor in the Detroit Lions defeating the NY Giants. Through 7 games Devon is leading his team in sacks and playing outstanding football.

I want to do whatever I can to help the team win each week and make whatever plays come my way through my relentless style of play!

Read the full article here.

Devon went to Cleveland Ohio to speak at the Fuel Up To Play 60 Summit where he shared the stage with 2x gold Olympian and champion boxer Clareesa Shields. He spoke about how he thinks we can all make an impact in our communities.