Former St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long is playing this entire NFL season for charity.
The former No. 1 draft pick and current member of the Philadelphia Eagles donated his first six game paychecks to fund scholarships at a private middle school and high school in his home town of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wednesday he announced that his final 10 checks will benefit agencies in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Boston that support educational equality.
Those are the three cities in which he has played out his 10-year career.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the donation includes the launch of a “Pledge 10 for Tomorrow” campaign that encourages fans and businesses to match his donations. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 from Long, according to the Associated Press.
“In my 10th year, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift,” Long said in a statement. “Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”
Long, 32, will be paid a base salary of $1 million this year. A unanimous All-American at the University of Virginia and son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, Chris Long was the second overall pick of the 2008 draft by the St. Louis Rams and the NFL Lineman of the Year in 2011.
When the Rams moved to Los Angeles after the 2015 season, Long moved on to New England where he earned a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots. He currently is playing on a two-year contract with the Eagles.