Super Bowl champ Chris Long, defensive end for the Eagles donated his entire 2017 base salary, worth $1 million, to charity. Last spring, Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles that included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million roster bonus.
Long donated his first six paychecks of 2017 to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Va. He says he was inspired to give after seeing the violent protests held by white nationalists in August.
"I've always believed there are inequities in our country," Long said in aninterview with the Washington Post. "People's apathy or resentment for that reality has been surfacing a lot lately. And so for me, it's like, 'I'm going to be a part of the solution.'"