Chris Long donating remaining game checks to education equality causes

  • Chris Long donating remaining game checks to education equality causes

Chris Long donating remaining game checks to education equality causes

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long is giving away every single paycheck he earns this season. The Eagles are now 5-1 and Long has two sacks in six games this season, but it isn't what Long is doing on the field that garnered him such a gracious welcome Wednesday.

"I'm playing the entire 2017 National Football League season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America, " Long wrote in a statement.

A native of Charlottesville who went on to star for the hometown Virginia Cavaliers, Long started the scholarship programs following the violent protests in the town back in August.

Long, who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, launched the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow, which encourages fans and businesses to join the cause of education equality. Long selected four organizations based in the cities he has played in whose missions focus on making education more accessible to under-served youth.

"I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America".

But in all seriousness, Chris Long, who is the son of NFL Hall-of-Famer Howie Long, has always been active with issues outside of football.

Long's charitable campaign will boost charitable efforts to help improve equality in education, according to the AP, and has already identified four organizations to support. He was drafted No. 2 overall in 2008 by the St. Louis Rams and spent last season as a member of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. "At the end of the day, it's my 10th year so you don't know how much longer you're going to have the platform to do something like that and for me to give my game checks hopefully it rallies fans to work toward a match", Long said. I think that athletes are role models. The city that raises the most money will earn an additional $50,000 donation. Beginning in the preseason, Long has stood next to Jenkins, with his arm on Jenkins' shoulder during the anthem.