Lane Johnson raises over $55K for Philly schools with ‘Underdog’ shirts
The Philadelphia Eagles have taken the belief the team is underdogs to heart in myriad ways. Chief among them is how Lane Johnson and Chris Long donned creepy dog masks following the Eagles’ 15-10 divisional-round victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday.
Dog’s gotta eat! #underdog #flyeaglesfly pic.twitter.com/cMePA84PR0
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) January 14, 2018
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 14, 2018
And now, courtesy of a shirt promoted by Johnson, the “Underdog” movement is raising some serious money for the city’s schools.
The shirts feature Johnson and Long in their masks with the message, “Home Dogs Gonna Eat.”
It's time to get these limited edition LJ65 shirts! On my site at https://t.co/AOekBupHxc & at @ChickiesnPetes Thurs 7-10pm! ALL proceeds go to @fundPHLschools! #Underdogs #LJ65 #Eagles pic.twitter.com/62x09U8xWv
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) January 15, 2018
Long of course is no stranger to charitable acts, as he’s donated his entire 2017 salary to charity. But Long’s masked partner in crime, Johnson, took the lead on the underdog charity movement.
As of Tuesday, more than $55,000 has been raised by the sale of the shirts with proceeds going directly to benefit the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.
“We figured it would be a good way to raise some money for the schools,” Johnson said Wednesday, via ESPN. “The mask took off. Didn’t expect it to turn out the way it is.”
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz praised Johnson for turning a memorable moment into a positive movement, calling it “an amazing thing that is going on right now.”
The Eagles of course were relegated to an arguably unfair underdog status when Carson Wentz was lost for the season due to a knee injury suffered in Week 14.
The Eagles will maintain said status as the Minnesota Vikings are favored heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field. And the Eagles organization actually wants fans to wear the same creepy dog masks Johnson and Long donned last weekend at the game.
“I just want people to know it’s kind of hard to see out of those masks,” Johnson said. “So if they put it on, they can’t really watch the game. Just warning you. But it’s cool. Awesome.”