Chris Long donating 10 more game checks to charity

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At a time when some are wondering what NFL players who protest care about, Chris Long is showing the world what matters to him through his actions.

The Eagles defensive end, who already pledged six game checks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va., is now playing for free this season.

Via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Long announced on Wednesday that he was giving away his final 10 game checks this year to four organizations he has identified “whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.”

Long’s base salary of $1 million this year is now earmarked for educational opportunities for others. The donations will go to groups in Philadelphia, Boston and St. Louis, the cities he’s played in during his 10-year career.

“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.”

Long has already proven himself to be a man willing to put his principles into actions in other ways. He’s stood with his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins all season. Jenkins raises a fist during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality, and has since last year. That serves as a powerful symbol of the unity so many people are trying to co-opt and market.

Along with his donation today, Long has established the creation of the “Pledge 10 for Tomorrow” campaign, and anyone who wants to donate to that cause can do so by clicking here.

It’s a good thing he didn’t stick to sports.

74 responses to “Chris Long donating 10 more game checks to charity

  1. Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.” Now that’s presidential material right there. Take notes president chump.

  2. Total class. Had talent, worked hard, made a lot of money and giving back to the community. Howie, you and the missus raised him well

  3. Chris Long deserves a lot of respect for this. It is this kind of action that helps solve problems. I’ll gladly donate to Chris’ “Pledge 10 for Tomorrow” campaign, my way of saying Thanks for being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

  4. gauchosporlife says:
    October 18, 2017 at 10:18 am
    Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.” Now that’s presidential material right there. Take notes president chump
    ————
    It’s president Trump’s political party that has spent two decades pushing for school choice and vouchers for inner-city black kids while the NFLPA’s political party has opposed them. It’s you that should be taking notes.

  5. See this is HOW it is DONE folks! ACTIONS! FOLLOWING THRU! RESULTS!
    Kneeling and doing NOTHING equals NOTHING!
    Infact your kneeling has Taken Away the point that you were trying to establish because all you did
    there was DIVIDE and make AMERICA mad at YOU. This Great Country This Great Flag
    and what it stands for will Never be accepted for being DISRESPECTED! NOT EVER!

  6. I have stayed out of the protest debate completely because while irksome, people who feel the need to protest have the right to do that and I will not hate on them for that and I will try not to judge them for that. That said, I have wondered why I havent seen more things like this from the people who obviously feel so strongly about the lack of equality in our country. This is an awesome and smart way to actually change lives for people who really need the help. You can take a knee to acknowledge that there are inequalities in America today, but what are you DOING to create the change you want to see? Educating young people is a powerful and thoughtful way to do that!!

  7. That is out of the stratosphere on his part and what I take a lot of joy in,,,,is he’s making Malcolm Jenkins look like all mouth so it’s a win win for me

  8. He also does crazy hikes to raise money to drill wells to provide clean water in places that cannot get it on their own. His group is called The Waterboys & they’ve brought clean water to places across the globe.

  9. It’s president Trump’s political party that has spent two decades pushing for school choice and vouchers for inner-city black kids

    ——

    major misrepresentation. I won’t even bother going any further.

  10. I guess its easy for someone to take a knee but the real heroes are the ones that do things that provide themselves no financial or personal gain.

    Good job, Chris.

  11. Way to man up. Was a Great Patriot. Shows he is a great Teammate. Love that he is helping the cities he played in.

    Good man…

  12. It’s president Trump’s political party that has spent two decades pushing for school choice and vouchers for inner-city black kids while the NFLPA’s political party has opposed them.
    ———
    Do you really believe that?

    Tip of the hat to Mr. Long….that money will do a lot more good than raising a fist or taking a knee.

  13. note to players….this is the right example. Pissing off 35% of your customers is the wrong example.

  14. Awesome display here by Chris Long. Lurie should match Chris’ donations to the same charities. Show the rest of the NFL
    that this is the way to do it vs a convoluted message that pisses off many of your paying fans.

  15. So based on these comments, it appears that if a player does not hold a press conference to announce that he’s donating money, then the player absolutely is not donating money.

  16. So based on these comments, it appears that if a player does not hold a press conference to announce that he’s donating money, then the player absolutely is not donating money.

    What if I told you if were possible to protest AND donate money?

  17. Actions!!!! That right there is putting your money where your mouth is!!! Now if all the others would do so then this might of been a good idea

  18. This is some of the most BS I’ve ever seen. Not the part about Long donating a million dollars, but the double standard from some of the people on this comments section. Long donates a million and he gets praised, which he deserves, but Kaepernick donates a million and people look right over that to talk about he needs to do something other than kneel and he’s part of the problem not the solution. I swear there are some racist a** people on here smh

  19. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:12 am
    So, Kaepernick opens his wallet and gets told to stand up and shut up. Chris Long opens his wallet and you guys praise him…tell me again how this isn’t about race?

    Nope, it’s about timing. Convenient timing. That and Long never wore pig socks or castro shirts. Won’t matter if all you see is race.

  20. ok…yep…this I can salute, support and honor this…putting his money where his mouth is.

    Good for you Mr. Long!

  21. joeychittwood says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Is anyone surprised that Long is the first NFL player to really put up and do something about some of the real issues?
    Applause to you Chris.

    ————————————————————————————
    So, Kaep’s money doesn’t count?

  22. good for chris but professional athletes should not be responsible for raising other people’s kids but i respect this action…nice job.

  23. How many of the knee-benders are willing to donate anything except for their image of righteous indignation? Maybe the NFL should pay more attention to the upstanding citizens than those who complain about everything.

  24. As much as I applaud this there are many NFL players who have foundations raising money for disadvantaged youth and doing work in the community. They just don’t tell them press.

    Each man has to go to sleep at night knowing that they are DOING something or not. It isn’t for us to judge them.

  25. It’s ironic and funny because a good man like Chris Long would not like most of you judging by the comments. He supports unity, you clowns support more division and hate and you’re too blind to see it.

  26. kferguson2002 says:

    This is some of the most BS I’ve ever seen. Not the part about Long donating a million dollars, but the double standard from some of the people on this comments section. Long donates a million and he gets praised, which he deserves, but Kaepernick donates a million and people look right over that to talk about he needs to do something other than kneel and he’s part of the problem not the solution. I swear there are some racist a** people on here smh

    With all due respect comparing the two is apples to oranges. Long never wore pig socks or a castro shirt. Long is donating to give educational opportunities to underserved kids. Kaep’s money goes to organizations that are anti-police and whose only agenda is all about racism.

  27. chris is on to something. Social and educational skills and family mores will raise people from the depths and give them HOPE.

  28. Marcus says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

    As much as I applaud this there are many NFL players who have foundations raising money for disadvantaged youth and doing work in the community. They just don’t tell them press.
    ———————-

    Well, why not? Why keep it a secret? That’s a better way to raise awareness than resting during the singing of the national anthem.

  29. He comes from money, it’s different for other players who have to take care of their whole extended families.

  30. whenwilliteverend says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Kaep’s money goes to organizations that are anti-police and whose only agenda is all about racism.
    ———————-

    That is total BS.

  31. The fact that you don’t know what other players are doing doesn’t mean that they are doing nothing.

    Maybe this will surprise a lot of the commenters here, but people should try to be informed before commenting, so you don’t look like ignorant jerks or partisan bots (unless, of course, you are exactly that).

  32. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:55 am
    He comes from money, it’s different for other players who have to take care of their whole extended families.

    He comes from parents that taught him properly. Nice that there’s always a ready-made excuse. Always different rules. That’s what some call “unfair”.

  33. whenwilliteverend says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    With all due respect comparing the two is apples to oranges. Long never wore pig socks or a castro shirt. Long is donating to give educational opportunities to underserved kids. Kaep’s money goes to organizations that are anti-police and whose only agenda is all about racism.
    _______________________________________________________
    Show Me!

    And I do not want your deflection laden opinion to tarnish your response.

  34. Wow! So proud that Chris is a Philadelphia Eagles! Way to go, Chris, your actions speak louder than words.

  35. joeychittwood says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Is anyone surprised that Long is the first NFL player to really put up and do something about some of the real issues?
    Applause to you Chris.

    ——–

    Except for the $1m that Kaep donated, right? Did you conveniently forget about that?

  36. joeychittwood says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Is anyone surprised that Long is the first NFL player to really put up and do something about some of the real issues?
    Applause to you Chris.

    ——

    I agree that Chris deserves applause (which I gave my own above) but does the $900k (out of $1 million pledged) that Kaepernick has donated to groups in various comminities not count? or are you just choosing to ignore it?

  37. It’s ironic and funny because a good man like Chris Long would not like most of you judging by the comments. He supports unity, you clowns support more division and hate and you’re too blind to see it.

    Trust me….. They see it. They just don’t care how ignorant some of them sound. White privilege gives you that right.

  38. I just want to give a shout out to Chris Long. I am a Rams fan, and I was devastated when they let him go. He is a class act on and off the field. I am not going to try and wrap this into all of the other issues going on in the NFL, but instead recognise it as a stand alone deed. He is giving his entire years pay to causes he believes in. Well done Mr Long, you are an example of how I want my kids to behave and treat others.

  39. whenwilliteverend says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Kaep’s money goes to organizations that are anti-police and whose only agenda is all about racism.

    ——

    I’m pretty sure Meals on Wheels ($50k), Somalia Famine Relief Fund ($50k), Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock ($50k), 350.org (climate change – $25k), the Center for Reproductive Rights ($25k), Coalition for the Homeless ($25k), and War on Children ($25k), among other groups he has donated to, would disagree.

    don’t let the facts get in the way of saying something you wish were true.

  40. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 18, 2017 at 10:39 am
    That is out of the stratosphere on his part and what I take a lot of joy in,,,,is he’s making Malcolm Jenkins look like all mouth so it’s a win win for me
    _________________________________________________

    Malcolm Jenkins has done a lot more than talk. In fact one of the foundations that will be receiving funds from Long’s donation is The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. But why let the facts get in the way?

  41. NINJA, what are you talking about? Longs teammate jenkins had also donated a lot of time and money towards charities and the community. Maybe try to read up on something before you make yourself look stupid. Penty of other players have done the same. You see a player protest and automatically assume that theyre trash.

  42. He has a rich daddy, he can afford to act like he’s being noble, he’s not living on his game checks like most of the NFL players.

    Legacy kid who got his ring last year, just trying to shine up his career like he’s something special, good for him, not really impressed.

  43. All due credit to Chris Long for a remarkable act of charity, but many of you keep saying “it’s about time” an NFL player gave back. I have to wonder where you have been. Lots of players give back all the time. Have you not heard of what Thomas Davis has done for his community, or what Matt Ryan does for children’s hospitals? Every year around playoff time, the league features each team’s candidate for Walter Payton Man of the Year, and some of what those guys do is nothing short of remarkable.

    And I understand that what many of you are really trying to do is tacitly condemn the protesters, but, whatever you think of Colin Kaepernick’s protest, he has donated a ton of money to worthy causes. That might inconvenient for you to acknowledge, but it’s true.

  44. Long and Kaepernick are both fine men who don’t need the kind words of fans to affirm that fact.

    People need to learn to respect guys like Long and Kap without feeling the need to cast judgment, positive or negative. How about shutting up and putting your own time and money to work helping others in a way that brings you personal satisfaction?

  45. It doesn’t matter how we give, whether it’s time, money, old goods it’s giving that matters. What a great read and really good on Long for doing this. As others will note he’s giving back and that is really really cool. He will sleep peacefully at night I bet. I’d sign him on my team anytime.

  46. pkrlvr says:
    October 18, 2017 at 10:59 am
    It’s president Trump’s political party that has spent two decades pushing for school choice and vouchers for inner-city black kids while the NFLPA’s political party has opposed them.
    ———
    Do you really believe that?

    Tip of the hat to Mr. Long….that money will do a lot more good than raising a fist or taking a knee.
    ————–
    Pick any major city in America with a large black inner-city population. See which political party controls that inner-city. Then ask yourself why there isn’t school choice. Question is how do you not believe that? You’re obviously welcome to your opinion but the fact is Democrats are opposed to school choice and Republicans are for it. It’s been that way for two decades. It’s really not debateable.

  47. chargerdillon says:
    October 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    He has a rich daddy, he can afford to act like he’s being noble, he’s not living on his game checks like most of the NFL players.

    Legacy kid who got his ring last year, just trying to shine up his career like he’s something special, good for him, not really impressed.

    —————————-

    You sir just don’t get it.

  48. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:29 am

    rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:12 am
    So, Kaepernick opens his wallet and gets told to stand up and shut up. Chris Long opens his wallet and you guys praise him…tell me again how this isn’t about race?

    Nope, it’s about timing. Convenient timing. That and Long never wore pig socks or castro shirts. Won’t matter if all you see is race.

    ———————–

    This is and has always been the biggest problem. CK sit, stand, kneel give don’t give but when he chose to wear socks with Pigs in Police uniforms and do so while good honest Police were being targeted in the US was brutal. ON top of that he wore the Castro shirt and didn’t VOTE for his pres. Further he hasn’t said squat. He knows this all blew up in his face, CK didn’t want most of this. He wanted to pout like a child in the corner after losing his job. These are all important facts to remember when going over this.

    Chris Long has done none of these. He’s stood up and spoken up about Jenkins efforts and other teamates efforts. Then he put his money behind it how many of us would do this?

    One of CK and Long is not like the other. Long did a service for his fellow man. CK not so much.

  49. Good story until I read the part about him disrespecting our police officers. That doesn’t prove character, it proves idiocy.

  50. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:55 am
    He comes from money, it’s different for other players who have to take care of their whole extended families.

    ————-

    This is as example of what you should never do to someone. Completely marginalize their contributions and accomplishments because they were afforded opportunity by their parents. Long was probably the best player on nearly every team he was on his whole career and he would have had to work tirelessly to achieve that. I am sure he achieved a scholarship to college which he achieved on his onw and He managed to stay healthy made the NFL and has had a long career. That is extremely difficult. He didn’t rely on Daddy’s money. He earned everything he has and now he’s a good enough person to share some of that to help others.

  51. Chris Long for President. And I’m serious. Can most of us agree he would be something of an upgrade?

  52. Will the ilk that is Sherman, Bennett, CK, etc follow suit and send money for equality?
    The one comment that Long was the best player on every team he played on is laughable. A hard working class act but no where the talent his father had nor of most of the DL he played with.

  53. Almost a year ago, Colin Kaepernick pledged to donate $1 million “to organizations working in oppressed communities.” Specifically, he’s targeting those affected by the injustices he protested against while sitting and kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season.

    Starting in October 2016, Kaepernick has donated money in $100,000 increments to various organizations – detailed on his website. According to his Instagram account as of August 2017, his donation total has reached $800,000.

    where’s the applause?

  54. joeychittwood says:
    October 18, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Is anyone surprised that Long is the first NFL player to really put up and do something about some of the real issues?
    Applause to you Chris.
    _________________________________________

    C’mon man. We’re you just born yesterday??!!

    Kaep has put his money where is mouth (knee) is far before Long. How did you miss that?

    Just the same – well done Mr. Long! Your father should be proud (as should Kaep’s)!

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