Long, a defensive end for the Eagles who is in this 10th NFL season, will donate six game checks to fund two scholarships in Charlottesville, his hometown. In August a car struck anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville after a white nationalist rally, which made headlines across the country.
Those events led to Long and his wife Megan setting up the scholarships.
“In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” Long said in a statement. “Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”
Long’s base salary this season is $1 million. The scholarships will promote “equality through education,” Long’s statement said. Two middle-school students will get a seven-year, all expenses paid school program through the Chris Long Scholarships. The scholarships will be administered through Long’s alma mater, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, and they’ll be given to two members of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia.
Long has a reputation as one of the most outgoing and conscientious players in the NFL. When a tragedy hit his hometown, he and his wife reacted with generosity.
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