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Former CMU player Nick Bellore donates to Chippewa Champions Center

Nick Bellore knew Central Michigan took a chance on him in 2007. 

Twelve years later, he decided returned the favor – even though nothing was asked of him.

The linebacker-turned-fullback donated to the Chippewa Champions Center project, a way in which he chose to show his appreciation for the football team and athletic department.

Bellore, who is entering his ninth season in the NFL, currently plays for the Seattle Seahawks. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 by the New York Jets, where he spent four seasons, followed by two-year stints in San Francisco and with the Detroit Lions, respectively. 

In Bellore's college days, he started 51 games at linebacker and made 472 career tackles, which ranks third in team history. Bellore was also named First Team All-Mid-American Conference from 2008-10.

Bellore said the Champions Center is huge in putting programs like CMU on the map and bringing highly-touted recruits to campus.

"This project is a critical step in putting CMU at the forefront of facilities in the Mid-American Conference," he said in a CMU Athletics press release.

For his commitment to the project, CMU Athletics is naming the strength and condition coach's office in the Champions Center in his name. 

"I am forever indebted to the University for the education I received and the experiences I had as a member of the football team," Bellore said. "Giving back is the least I could do after having the privilege of four great years in Mount Pleasant."