ATLANTA (AP) — Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long has received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his excellent neighborhood service.
Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, based the Chris Long Foundation in 2015, and tasked it with 4 missions: clear water, army appreciation, combating homelessness and serving younger folks.
Then, final season, Long donated his complete wage to help training in cities the place he has performed — St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia.
Earlier this yr, Long climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with different NFL gamers and a few U.S. army veterans to lift cash to construct clear water wells for East Africa.
“Yeah, it’s a tremendous honor,” Long mentioned. “It’s not why we do the work we do off the sector. I believe the opposite 31 nominees are exceptional males. I had the privilege of hanging out with all of them week and a whole lot of them already know I discovered (about) a whole lot of their causes and I’m excited to see if there’s synergy as a brotherhood in several causes that we’re concerned in.
“I don’t know, I’m very humbled. It’s hard to feel deserving with those guys on stage and, obviously, this guy right here on the statue. It’s a very heavy statue and it makes sense because his legacy is immense. I’m just honored.”
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