Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long announced via his eponymous foundation that he'll be donating his 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to educational charities in the cities in which he's played for NFL teams and his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, reports USA Today.
Long will donate his game checks for the final 10 regular-season games to charities in St. Louis, where he played for the Rams; Boston, where he played for the New England Patriots; and Philadelphia.
Chris Long is giving away his entire year's salary for the education of others.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 18, 2017
Guys is putting his money where his mouth is.
Long's foundation is running a campaign, called "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow," which encourages fans and businesses to match Long's contributions.
"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."
Earlier this season, Long also said that he would be donating his first six game checks to fund scholarships for students wishing to attend a private middle school and a private high school in his hometown of Charlottesville.
Long has avoided publicizing donations in the past, but is switching up his approach due to recent white supremacist rallies in his hometown and the national anthem protests. Long has supported Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins this season when Jenkins raised his hand during the national anthem.