PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has been named the NFL Players Association Byron “Whizzer” White Community MVP for the 2017 season.
The Players Association tweeted the good news Thursday night, just a few days before Long will play in his second consecutive Super Bowl.
Long is certainly deserving of the award after he donated all 16 of his 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.
The NFLPA will make a $100,000 contribution The Chris Long Foundation.
Long will also receive an in-kind donation, meaning products or services from Delta Private Jets.
"I am honored to be recognized by my peers and the NFLPA as this year’s Byron “Whizzer” White award recipient,” Long said. “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 took to Twitter on Thursday night to react to the announcement.
Sorry it took so long. Busy day! Past my bedtime so a quick try at a thank you to everyone who made winning the Byron “Whizzer” White @NFLPA award. So many great men in our league. Anyone could’ve won it. Humbled, honored! #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/mIacWkxieA— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 2, 2018
Long becomes the second Philadelphia Eagle to earn this prestigious honor after his teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, was selected as the 2017 winner. Jenkins is also the Eagles Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.