Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Ragnow donates food in 3 states
The Detroit Lions first-round NFL football draft pick Frank Ragnow addresses the media at the team's training facility, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Former University of Arkansas All-American Frank Ragnow has made donations in the three cities that are closest to his heart to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
The donations were made in Fayetteville, Detroit and around his home town in Minnesota, all toward providing food for the less fortunate.
Ragnow, a three-year starter at Arkansas, was the No. 20 pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
The Detroit Free Press documented Ragnow’s donations, including $5,000 each to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank and the UA’s Full Circle Food Pantry.
In Minnesota, Ragnow donated $3,000 to the Eastern Carver County Schools’ Angel Fund and the PRISM Marketplace Food Shelf, a non-profit group which helps the homeless and hungry families in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
In Detroit, he gave $10,000 to Gleaners Community Food Bank, after Lions running backs coach Kyle Caskey started a virtual food drive.
Ragnow told the Free Press, “Minnesota, where I grew up, which raised me, my home forever. Arkansas completely shaped me. A lot happened right there. Took me under their wing when I lived through some tough times and some great times. And Michigan, Detroit, a place that’s completely embraced me and did nothing but support me.
“Three amazing communities that have completely impacted me in a way that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express and be able to give back how I feel they’ve impacted me, so I just thought the least I could do is help people out.”
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