On and off the field, Detroit Lions’ All-Pro center Frank Ragnow is a great human being. So it should come as no surprise that he is one of 32 nominations for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.
Announced during the NFL Honors show, the winner of the award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice, while each player receives up to a $55,000 donation simply for being nominated.
As someone who lost his father while still in college at the University of Arkansas, Ragnow is passionate about helping families that are in the grieving process. Combining that passion with his love for the outdoors, Ragnow was able to start his own ‘Rags Remembered Foundation.’
Since arriving in Detroit in 2018, Ragnow has been nothing but a class act off the field, while being one of the top centers in football on it. To say he is deserving of this is a severe understatement, but seeing him get this recognition is still really cool.
And now, onto the rest of today’s notes:
- New Orleans Saints’ general manager Mickey Loomis had some interesting comments about the amount of Lions’ fans in the Superdome, and how he is actually pleased with how his team battled during their Week 12 loss.
A lot of interesting quotes in there. This is what the Saints GM had to say about all the road fans in the stadium: pic.twitter.com/Pr0agSWtVb— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) December 6, 2023
- The newest episode of the St. Brown Brothers podcast just dropped and the hosts are extra fired up ahead of the Bears’ second matchup with the Lions on the horizon.
- Jaylen Reeves-Maybin was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Saints.
.@Lions LB @ReevesMaybin has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 6, 2023
He is Detroit's first non-kicker, non-punter or non-return specialist to win the award since Bracy Walker in 2004.
He has 11 special teams tackles this season, tied for the most in the #NFL. pic.twitter.com/65K7NCwo8c
- Lions’ rookie linebacker Jack Campbell continues to improve.
Jack Campbell: 77.4 PFF grade in his last two games— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) December 6, 2023
1st among rookie LBs
3rd among Lions defenders pic.twitter.com/ERKqg6jNNN
- Along with Meijer, the Lions hosted their annual ‘Shop with a Lion’ event this week.