Chris Long pledges a quarter of his salary to literacy fund

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Eagles defensive end Chris Long played for free last season, donating his entire salary to charity.

He’s continuing with his philanthropy this year, donating a quarter of his annual salary to a group putting books in the hands of underserved children.

Via Tim McManus of ESPN.com, Long will be donating around $400,000, joining with the United Way for Philadelphia’s Read By Fourth campaign. The goal is to distribute more than 25,000 books for children in needy neighborhoods and create reading centers.

“Kids don’t have a choice. Kids don’t pick their parents, they don’t pick their economic background, they don’t pick the neighborhood they grew up in, they don’t pick any of the factors that can hold them back, they don’t pick their school system,” Long said. “So [investing in them], it just feels like you’re doing something productive. . . . I just feel like this is something where you’re going to see results.”

Long is encouraging others to donate books by visiting FirstQuarterForLiteracy.org.

Last season, he donated his entire $1 million base salary to provide scholarships and to launch educational programs in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va., as well as the cities he played — St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia.

“I just feel like when you tie in football, which people are crazy about, to a cause that maybe people aren’t as aware of, and use your platform to educate people on some of the dire needs we have, you get them excited and they give,” Long said. “That’s what happened last year, and hopefully it happens this year.”

He’s also promised to match donations up to $25,000 by players on teams the Eagles play against this year, for programs in their cities. Buccaneers defensive tackle Beau Allen, a former teammate, pledged $5,000 to start the process, meaning a $10,000 donation for books in the Tampa area.

38 responses to “Chris Long pledges a quarter of his salary to literacy fund

  1. Chris Long is the real deal. Such a class act that the NFL needs so much more of.
    This is the type of person that the NFL should focus on and teach others to be like.

  2. The country need more Chris Long’s instead greedy professional athletes like Le’Veon Bell that want “all the money in the world” just so he can buy more houses, cars and boats.

  3. Good for Chris. Giving HIS money to help. I am not as bleeding heart as Chris, but he is right..kids cannot choose their situation. Kudos Mr. Long.

  4. There are plenty of players who give up THEIR money to fund educational and community initiatives in the places they come from. Most choose not to highlight it and don’t want attention for it because they feel like it’s their duty to give back. Not discrediting Long at all, he’s a class human being. It’s just the league is full of guys like these, whether you want to acknowledge that or not.

  5. Tax write off…..he would be paying a big chunk of that in taxes anyway….might as well get some good pr out of it……these donations are also his way of being the white night that people will want on their announce team. Just a redirect of funds for good press…..this is why these guys set up foundations too.

  6. PAY ATTENTION LEVEON BELL….this is what selflessness looks like, not making rap albums, and terrible ones at that

  7. bucnbolt11 says:
    September 28, 2018 at 10:14 am
    Take note Nike. This is the type of man that deserves to be in your commercials.

    19 12 Rate This
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    Based on the numbers looks like Nike & the guy they picked are doing just fine.

  8. youngnoizecom says:

    To be upset about people wanting social justice is insane and somewhat ill.

    I don’t think people aren’t interested in social justice. I think just about everyone believes that’s a worthy goal.

    The problem is defining “social justice”. For Malcolm Jenkins and others it means all people of color should be released from incarceration. Furthermore, only when something happens to a person of color do they care about social justice. To me, social justice should not only be about one particular segment of the population, not just when it fits one’s agenda.

  9. Youknowimright says:
    September 28, 2018 at 10:18 am
    Tax write off…..he would be paying a big chunk of that in taxes anyway….might as well get some good pr out of it……these donations are also his way of being the white night that people will want on their announce team. Just a redirect of funds for good press…..this is why these guys set up foundations too.

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    A big problem we seem to have is that everyone likes to count everyone else’s money.

    Speculate your own reasons for Long’s actions if you’d like, but at the end of the day, there are hundreds of thousands of dollars going toward helping some of the children who need it the most.

  10. Chris Long should be nominated Man of the Year Award.

    The New Face of The City of Brotherly Love…. Chris Long!!

    Keep doing what you do bro! What an honor it is to have this man help win our first Lombardi!

  11. He donated his base salary of 1m but he earned another 1.25m in signing and roster bonuses

    He didn’t play for FREE but a 1m donation is very admirable

  12. When your old ,,washed up and rich and have more money than you could every spend your white privilege gets the best of you and you donate money !

  13. Easy to donate your entire salary when you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. For other players with family both immediate and extended depending on their income, it is more difficult.

  14. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    When your old ,,washed up and rich and have more money than you could every spend your white privilege gets the best of you and you donate money !

    I see you haven’t watched much football or you would know that he is not washed up at all.

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