The Eagles’ Chris Long went on The Ellen Show to talk about how he’s giving all the money he’s making this season, which is about $1 million, to scholarships and charities that support educational equity. He’s also encouraging everyone to donate to his Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
At one point in the show, Ellen DeGeneres asked Long who inspired him to do something like this. Long said that his father, who also played in the NFL, and his mother, who has worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, made him want to give back. Then, he continued:
“Football for me, while it’s fun, I don’t get the fulfillment out of that alone, so selfishly the charity stuff makes me feel good, makes me feel like I’m not just playing ball, I’m doing something bigger than that.”
Long also talked about why he decided not to visit President Donald Trump at the White House after the Patriots won the Super Bowl.
“For me it didn’t jive with my personal ideologies and opinions,” Long said, while DeGeneres told him she wouldn’t have gone either.
Lastly, DeGeneres presented Long with a check for $30,000 for his campaign from her and Cheerios.
– Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) November 10, 2017
Long’s reaction to the check toward the end of the video above says it all.
“Are you kidding me? Thank you so much,” he says. “Are you kidding me? Oh my god. Are you kidding me? Thank you. Thank you so much. Wow.”
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