Chris Long: Praise from Barack Obama for donating 2017 salary to charity ‘an honor’
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long on Friday said he was honored that former President Barack Obama called attention to how he donated his entire 2017 salary to charity.
Obama took to Twitter Friday morning to spotlight individuals whose acts served to inspire others in 2017. Long was among those who elicited praise from Obama.
Chris Long gave his paychecks from the first six games of the NFL season to fund scholarships in Charlottesville, VA. He wanted to do more, so he decided to give away an entire season’s salary. That’s a story from 2017. https://t.co/NL0RoARkan
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 29, 2017
“At the end of the day that’s an honor that it would even fly across one of our former President’s radar,” Long said following Friday’s practice, via NJ.com. “That’s the whole point of trying to do good things in the community, spreading positivity. It’s an honor to be mentioned.
“That’s somebody I have a lot of respect for, just the class that he carried himself with as the face of our nation. You don’t have to agree with every single thing politically all the time, which is something we’ve kind of gotten into doing lately as a country … Politicizing everything. I have a great deal of respect for him as a President, as a man, and a family man. To see him pick that up on his radar, that was pretty cool for me.”
Long announced in October he would use his final 10 game checks to launch a new charity. That gesture followed Long already donating his first six game checks to fund scholarships in his native Charlottesville, Va. This of course meant Long is playing the entire 2017 NFL season for free.
Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Eagles this past offseason, a contract that came with a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million in guaranteed money.
“I’m lucky,’’ Long said in October. “I’ve been lucky. This isn’t a heroic effort. I just really believe my platform is going to shrink from here on out.”
Long’s final 10 game checks will help launch Pledge 10 for Tomorrow, “a campaign that will promote educational equity and opportunity for underserved youth in the three NFL cities he’s played in – Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis,” per a report.