Chris Long has played a big role on the Eagles’ defense this year despite being a backup defensive end.
In 15 games, the 32-year-old has five sacks, the most since 2013, and a career-high four forced fumbles.
He was signed to a five-year deal during the offseason, but the Eagles have the chance to part ways after this season. From his performance this year, that probably won’t be the case.
He made a base salary of $1 million from his contract this year, but he won’t get a penny from that. During the season, he gave away his first six paychecks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. He used his final 10 checks to start up Pledge 10 for Tomorrow, which will help kids in the three NFL cities he’s played in (St. Louis, Boston, and Philadelphia) with educational opportunities.
That got the attention of former President Barack Obama, who shared some of his favorite stories from the past year:
I’ve written about how Long kept it real when he was criticized by some LA media and Rams fans about jumping into the stands after their win to clinch the NFC East. I’m a fan of his from his tweets alone. He seems to be a cool guy. It also appears that he not only gets this city and our fans, but he understands what’s right and give back to others.
He might get overshadowed by JJ Watt’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, but he’s making a difference in multiple communities to make sure future generations have the opportunity to live their dreams.
He’s definitely one of my favorite Eagles, on and off the field.