Every NFL offseason since he was drafted in 2013, Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Nana “Ziggy” Ansah has made the 6,000-mile trek back home to Accra, Ghana.
In July, he returned to Ghana with a purpose – to conduct his first football camp in the West African country with 28 million people.
ESPN cameras accompanied the Pro Bowl defensive end home to his high school, Presbyterian Boys Secondary School in Accra, where he conducted a camp and gave out football cleats and sneakers to participants.
Ansah’s story will be the subject of Michelle Beisner-Buck’s Monday Night Countdown feature on ESPN (Monday, 6 p.m. ET), leading into the Detroit Lions-New York Giants Monday Night Football game.
Associate producer Christopher Duzan of the ESPN Features Unit discusses the making of the story in the video above.
Beisner-Buck and Duzan will discuss the making of the Ansah story on the “SC Featured Podcast” scheduled to publish on Monday.
Jon McLeod and Mac Nwulu produced the video above.