Former BYU Cougar Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah has become a force in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl this season in just his third campaign thanks to racking up 14.5 sacks.
The Lions' season now over, Ansah is also being a force for good in Michigan.
In the midst of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, a city of about 100,000 people roughly 65 miles northwest of Detroit, DetroitLions.com senior writer Tim Twentyman tweeted Friday morning that Ansah has donated 94,000 bottles of water to the city.
The native of Ghana wears No. 94.
Lions Pro Bowl DE Ziggy Ansah, who wears No. 94, is delivering 94,000 bottles of water to Flint today. pic.twitter.com/xj027yuPZs— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 22, 2016
Ziggy Ansah getting the water unloaded off the truck pic.twitter.com/rDMV6KvCRe— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 22, 2016
Ziggy said he knows what it's like not having access to clean water coming from Africa & that's why this cause is so important to him.— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 22, 2016
Twentyman later tweeted that Ansah got a few of his teammates, including Highland High School alum Haloti Ngata (pictured below, in front of the bottles), to help deliver the water.
Ansah recruited some friends to help him deliver 94,000 bottles of water to Flint pic.twitter.com/AmRPTFRTWI— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) January 22, 2016
On Jan. 5, Michigan governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency because there is an unhealthy level of lead in Flint's water supply.
According to USA Today, lead has been in the city's water since 2014, when it was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.