Eagles Long to donate 2017 salary

Former Rams DE Chris Long is playing entire 2017 season for charity

Former Rams DE Chris Long is playing entire 2017 season for charity

Long has announced he will donate his final ten paychecks this season to help fund scholarship efforts in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Boston.

Long had already donated his first six game checks toward scholarships to his middle and high school in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Chris Long Foundation identified three organizations in the four cities where Long has played during his career: St. Louis, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Going into this season, Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Eagles.

"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality", Long told the AP. "Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America".

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As part of the contact, Long also received a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed.

Long has been one of the more outspoken players in the recent wave of National Football League activism, supporting teammate Malcolm Jenkins in his protest and criticizing those who would try to slap the exhausted "stick to sports" label on him. Long ranks third on the team with two sacks through the season's first six games.

Long added that he's encouraging fans, businesses and anyone with an interest in bettering educational opportunities to join the pledge. The city that raises the most money will earn an additional $50,000 donation.

Long said he would never kneel for the anthem out of respect for the country, but wanted to recognize the injustice his peers are fighting. "Megan [his wife] and I chose to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community". He now is playing on a two-year contract with the Eagles.

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