PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long made plenty of plays on the field in his first year with the team, and his work away from the game will leave a lasting impression.
Long played his first 8 years with the St. Louis Rams and had never even played in a playoff game until last year when he was a member of the New England Patriots.
Long decided to come to Philadelphia to play for the Eagles and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz after winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots last season.
After three weeks of helping the Eagles defense get pressure on the likes of Matt Ryan, Case Keenum, and his former teammate Tom Brady, Long is a Super Bowl Champion once more.
As for his off the field work, he was announced as the recipient of the NFL Players Association's 2018 Byron "Whizzer" White Community MVP Award last week. The NFL made a $100,000 contribution to The Chris Long Foundation as part of his award.
Long donated all 16 of his regular season game checks to charity to benefit educational equality and social justice reform. Long’s first six game checks went to funding a scholarship program at St. Anne’s-Belfield School, where he attended high school in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“I am just one of many players this season using our platform to impact the world as proven by the work of the other finalists and my teammates. I hope my efforts and the work of other players continues to inspire fans to take action and be difference makers in their communities,” Long said after winning the award.
Best team in the Milky Way Galaxy— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 5, 2018
In the days following a storybook season and Super Bowl run, Long has proven he’s a winner, both on the field, and off the field.
His father Howie, an NFL Hall of Famer himself, spoke with FOX 29’s Tom Sredenschek last night about his son’s philanthropic work and tireless work ethic.
"Yeah, he's a remarkable guy,” Howie Long said, “…As a parent, you feel obligated to kind of set an example, through both your words and your actions, and you try to teach and hopefully inspire, to a certain degree. And, if you're really fortunate, it comes full cycle and your kid winds up coming back and teaching you and inspiring you. And that's where we are, so we're lucky."