NFL players are often perceived negatively, especially now with the ongoing National Anthem protest. A lot of Americans feel players act entitled and out of touch with the real world. But one football player has decided to donate his paychecks from the next 10 games to benefit educational charities. In all, he’ll be donating about $1 million dollars.
Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end, Chris Long, announced Wednesday that his foundation will distribute the $1 million to charities in the three cities he’s played in throughout his 10-year career.
According to USA Today, Long will be donating money to Boston, St.Louis, and, of course, his current team’s hometown, Philadelphia.
“My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality,” Long told the Associated Press. “I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country.”
This isn’t the first time Long has used his success to bring awareness to an issue or to do a kind deed. In August following the riots in Charlottesville, Long’s hometown, he created a scholarship program, donating his first six game checks to fund it.
“Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about,” he told Sports Illustrator.
Long has been donating and working with his foundation behind the scenes for years now. This is the first time that he has made a donation public, according to ESPN. He hopes that by going public now, he’ll be able to create a more positive climate in the NFL and the organization as a whole.
Long is hoping that his fans in these cities will be motivated to join in and donate, too. “There’s a lot of opportunities to help out, and they’re wonderful organizations,” Long said. “We have such a great platform as football players, and hopefully fans get behind it.”