Super Bowl Champion Reveals Why He Donated All His 2017 Winnings to Charity

February 06, 2018Feb 06, 2018

On Sunday, February 4, the Philadelphia Eagles battled the New England Patriots for a chance at national football victory. In the end, the Eagles ended up becoming the Super Bowl Lll champions.

Since the game, several reports have come out talking about the character and faith of many of the Eagles players. While their football skills have spoken for themselves, their characters are perhaps even more admirable.

Several of the professional football players have opened up about their faith in God. After their win, the team was seen behind-the-scenes kneeling together and saying the Lord’s Prayer.

In addition to several of the players having a strong Christian faith, some of them have been very intentional about living very generous lives. One player in particular, two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long, has been a standout when it comes to generosity.

Earlier in the year, Long, who had previously played for the Patriots, revealed that he would be donating his entire 2017 base salary to charity. According to CNBC, Long's two-year contract with the Eagles that he signed last spring included $3 million. It included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base, and a $1.5 million roster bonus. 

Long's first six paychecks were sent to Charlottesville, Virginia, his hometown, in order to fund scholarships. 

He had said at the time, "I've always believed there are inequities in our country. People's apathy or resentment for that reality has been surfacing a lot lately. And so for me, it's like, 'I'm going to be a part of the solution.'"

Last October, Long revealed that his remaining 10 game checks would go to the cities that he has played for in his time in the NFL, including Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis. He said that the money would go toward promoting educational equality through the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

He said, "The effect of working together for a common goal is why I played my 10th season in the NFL for free and challenged fans to get involved. This is the power of sports in action."

Fox News reported that last week, Long was chosen as the recipient of the NFL Players Association's 2018 Bryon "Whizzer" White Community MVP Award. The association donated $100,000 to the Chris Long Foundation in honor of the award. 

Congrats to Chris Long for being a back-to-back Super Bowl champion and for having a generous heart! What do you think about what he has chosen to do with his earnings? Let us know! In other recent news, another NFL athlete has just revealed some tragic family news and is asking for prayers.

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