Lions LB DeAndre Levy selling large, expensive shoe collection for charity (Shutdown Corner)

Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy is an interesting guy , and like many of us, his priorities are changing as he gets older. When he was younger he collected expensive shoes, including many pairs of Air Jordans. He told AOL in a fascinating interview that he once spent his Pell Grant money at the University of Wisconsin to get a pair. His collection swelled to about 150 pairs of kicks. Then he was taking 40 pairs of shoes to storage and saw two homeless men, one with no shoes and the other had torn apart makeshift shoes, and that weighed on him, he told AOL. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league todayl ] So he’s selling his shoes, or giving them away. The proceeds will go to Detroit Workers and Builders and The Empowerment Plan , two charities that help Detroit’s homeless. “The reasons why I invested time, money and energy into acquiring 150 pairs of shoes at one point, no longer aligns with the human I want to be,” Levy told AOL. “There’s more important things that I can direct that towards.” He posted a photo on Instagram of the sneakers he’s selling. His eBay page is here . The full interview with AOL is unusual from a high-profile athlete. He talks about not wanting to be a part of “excessive consumerism,” and he’s wearing a pair of gray Nikes until they don’t fulfill their purpose anymore. He discussed how he found it odd when a teammate would buy $1,000 sneakers and his other teammates would be in awe, but what was he going to say? He had 150 pairs of expensive shoes himself. “I felt guilty seeing so many people in need especially here in Detroit,” Levy said. “My money and energy could be better served than for my bragging rights about a pair of shoes.” Levy has become one of the NFL’s best linebackers, and is coming off a 151-tackle season. As he matures he’s finding a different way to enjoy the spoils of being a rich and famous athlete. – – – – – – – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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