One NFL Player Wants To Fight Education Inequality And Just Devoted His Entire Salary To The Cause

Six paychecks, he figures, just aren’t enough.

After Philadelphia Eagles player Chris Long donated his first six checks for the season to educational scholarships in Charlottesville, Va., he's now decided to forgo the remainder of this salary for the year for additional scholarships in the three cities he's played professional football: Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis.

"I'm playing the entire 2017 NFL season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America," Long wrote on his website.

The NFL defensive end was inspired to make a change after the horrific, violent protests his hometown.

"In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry," he said in a press release in September. "[My wife] Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community."

His Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign ensures that his next 10 checks go to those who need it most when it comes to education. The total behind his donations is his 2017 base salary of $1 million.

"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," he 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."

Long has also called upon others to step in and help the cause move forward by helping fund education for low-income and diverse students. His foundation has selected four organizations in the three cities he's played in and whichever city raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," he said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."


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