February 9, 2018
Even a Patriots fan has to appreciate this.
It turns out that the Eagles’ Super Bowl win paid some serious social dividends. According to this article on the NBC website, Chris Long, the Eagles’ defensive end, donated his entire 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to charity. Last spring, Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles that included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million roster bonus.
Long donated his first six paychecks of 2017 to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. He says he was inspired to give after seeing the violent protests held by white nationalists in August.
“I’ve always believed there are inequities in our country,” Long is quoted as saying. “People’s apathy or resentment for that reality has been surfacing a lot lately. And so for me, it’s like, ‘I’m going to be a part of the solution.'”
When his Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem on August 17th, Long put a hand on his shoulder and later said, “I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be here for people that are fighting for equality.”
Last October, Long — who won a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots last year — announced his plan to give his 10 remaining game checks to organizations that promote educational equality in the three cities that he has played for over his 10-year career — Philadelphia, Boston and St. Louis.
And he wasn’t done. Through the eponymous Chris Long Foundation, he created the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign, which allowed people from these three cities to make matching gifts. Long gave an additional $50,000 to the city with the most individual pledges — St. Louis.