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Lions' Quandre Diggs returns home, gives out school supplies

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs

Houston — There was no mistaking who was the home team during joint practices between the Lions and Houston Texans as the crowd let out loud roars after every big play made by the Texans and playfully heckled Lions players near the sidelines. 

But Lions safety Quandre Diggs had his share of support from the fans in attendance as shouts of "Good play, Diggs" and "Light him up, Nino," referencing Diggs' nickname, could be heard over the crack of pads in the morning heat and humidity.

"It's home for me," Diggs said after Wednesday's practice. "As soon as we landed, I was excited. I don't really show too much emotion, but at the end of the day, I'm glad to be home."

Diggs played high school ball in Angleton, Texas, approximately an hour south of Houston, and went on to play college ball at the University of Texas. In the offseason, he still lives down here, while his girlfriend and baby girl Ariya, who was born just before the start of training camp, remain in Texas — at least until she's old enough to travel. 

After practice, Diggs and several teammates traveled to Angleton to hand out school supplies and backpacks for 100 students at the local elementary. 

"It’s awesome, man," Diggs said. "Just to be able to see everybody come out and support, to be able to do it for the kids is awesome. For me, it’s just a blessing. I’m just happy to be here, happy to do something like this."

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

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