Chris Long was the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, played ten years in the NFL and won two Super Bowls (Patriots and Eagles). Despite all those tremendous accomplishments on the field, it's what he's done off of it that resulted in receiving one of the NFL highest honors.
In 2018, Long was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year. Here's how the NFL describes the award: The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. The award was established in 1970. It was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community.
In 2017, Long decided to donate his entire NFL salary. According to the Super Bowl Champion, donating his salary was the easy part, but Long told Jim Cramer the decision about going public with his donation was difficult. He didn't want to come across as "that guy" looking for publicity for making a donation to charity. Jim applauded Long's decision to shed light on his donations as the "force multiplier" factor certainly paid dividends.
The grassroots campaign helped vault Water Boys, which helps in "providing clean, accessible drinking water to communities in need" into the public eye. The Chris Long Foundation and Water Boys received so much support that public donations matched Long's one-million dollar contribution. The organization has provided clean drinking water to more than 299,000 people and achieved their initial goal of funding 32 "deep-bore wells" to communities in Africa in 2018. Their new goal is to provide access to clean drinking water to one million people around the globe, a mission Jim wanted to help support and thus donated $1,000 to Long's charity.