Super Bowl champion Chris Long donates 2017 salary to charity
Veteran defensive end helps bridge gap in education inadequacies
By Ken Lay
Edited by Matt Rankin
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long put his money where his mouth is with regard to his 2017 salary. Long, a University of Virginia graduate who has won the last two Super Bowls as a member of the New England Patriots and the Eagles, respectively, donated the $1 million base salary he earned last season to charity.
Along with his wife, Megan, the son of former Raider and current Fox Sports personality Howie Long decided to donate the wages to combat education inequality in the United States. The first six game checks directly benefited youths in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The paychecks funded a pair of scholarships, created through Long’s namesake foundation, which will be awarded to two members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia. Those recipients will get the opportunity to attend the same private high school where Chris became a gridiron superstar.
Long donated his 10 other game checks to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign. Those checks will benefit education in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia (the NFL cities where Long has spent time during his playing career).
Giving is contagious in the City of Brotherly Love, as Malcolm Jenkins, Long’s teammate with the Eagles, has started raising funds for the cause. At last count, Jenkins has raised more than $100,000 to combat education inequality.
In short, the NFL has become a topical hotbed, but Long, Jenkins and others have chosen to help find real solutions for society’s ills. Together with many other people not associated with the sport, they have proven that they truly care for the country’s youth and future leaders.