Chris Long has announced another charitable contribution, which makes his salary for this entire season for charity.
“In my 10th year, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift,” Long said in a statement. “Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”
The defensive end announced Wednesday that he will donate his final 10 game checks this season to organizations that support educational equity in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Boston. All cities where he played professional football.
“My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long told The Associated Press. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country.”
Long, who signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles in the offseason and has a base salary of $1 million for 2017, has spoken out on social issues affecting the league and its players.
“If you listen to people who tell you to ‘Stick to sports,’ I would ask them, ‘Do you stick to whatever your occupation is?’ ” Long said in August, via Yahoo.com. “People always want to hear from athletes when they agree with them. When we voice a [dissenting] opinion, they have an issue with it. I think that athletes are role models. We should think about what we’re saying, then speak. And speak wisely.”
In September, Long donated his paycheck from his first six games to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va.