Almost one year ago, the Cleveland Browns made Denzel Ward the No. 4 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
One year later, he’s giving back to the community that has watched him bloom from a standout high school football player and track star, to an elite Ohio State Buckeye, to a shutdown defender in the NFL for his hometown Cleveland Browns.
But now, it’s Ward that is giving back to the community that so proudly embraces him as their own.
Ward donated $10,000 on behalf of the NFL Foundation to Nordonia High School’s football program, according to a tweet from Nordonia Hills Superintendent Joe Clark.
The NFL Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities that support the game of football.
During his time in high school, the 2015 graduate helped lead the Nordonia Knights to a 2014 state-runner up finish. During his senior season, Ward was named first team All Ohio and was selected as the Associated Press Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Division II.
Ward will open the season at home against the Tennessee Titans on September 8. His alma mater Knights will open the season against the Bedford Bearcats on August 30.
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