Chris Long loves to sack the quarterback. He also wants to sack homelessness, poverty, hunger, injustice and poor educational opportunities. I met him when he played defensive end for the then St. Louis Rams. He was the team’s top draft pick and went second overall in 2007.
The Rams had some tough years on the field in St. Louis, but Long never let it show toward fans nor in the community. He served as chairman for the annual Taste of the NFL in St. Louis which raised money for the Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation and the St. Louis Area Foodbank.
He and former Rams teammate William Hayes spent time living on the streets of St. Louis in order to bring awareness to the plight of the homeless and encourage others to step up and help. Long stood in solidarity with teammate Malcolm Jenkins during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in America.
This year, the former Ram, Patriot and current Eagle put his money where his mouth is. Long and his wife were moved to start a scholarship fund after the events in Charlottesville last summer. Long donated his first six games checks of the 2017 season to the fund, but felt he needed to go further and create more educational opportunities for kids.
On Wednesday, Long announced he is donating his entire 2017 salary to educational organizations in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia – one million dollars in all. Chris Long is a gifted football player who knows his gifts can make the world a better place. He plays to help his team and his community win.