Chris Long donates six game checks to scholarships in Charlottesville

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/phi/" data-ylk="slk:Philadelphia Eagles">Philadelphia Eagles</a>’ <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/8779/" data-ylk="slk:Chris Long">Chris Long</a> (L) stands beside <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/9278/" data-ylk="slk:Malcolm Jenkins">Malcolm Jenkins</a> as he raises his fist during the national anthem before a preseason game. (AP)
Philadelphia EaglesChris Long (L) stands beside Malcolm Jenkins as he raises his fist during the national anthem before a preseason game. (AP)

Chris Long wanted to do something positive in Charlottesville, Virginia, and he is using a good portion of his Philadelphia Eagles salary for it.

Long, a defensive end for the Eagles who is in this 10th NFL season, will donate six game checks to fund two scholarships in Charlottesville, his hometown. In August a car struck anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville after a white nationalist rally, which made headlines across the country.

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Those events led to Long and his wife Megan setting up the scholarships.

“In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” Long said in a statement. “Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”

Long’s base salary this season is $1 million. The scholarships will promote “equality through education,” Long’s statement said. Two middle-school students will get a seven-year, all expenses paid school program through the Chris Long Scholarships. The scholarships will be administered through Long’s alma mater, St. Anne’s-Belfield School, and they’ll be given to two members of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia.

Long has a reputation as one of the most outgoing and conscientious players in the NFL. When a tragedy hit his hometown, he and his wife reacted with generosity.

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