An NFL Player Donating His Entire Salary To Scholarships Gets A Generous Surprise

"I'm not just playing ball. I'm doing something bigger than that."

Philadelphia Eagles player Chris Long isn't playing the game to collect his million-dollar salary. Instead, Long plays to give back to his community, donating all of his paychecks to scholarships and charities. 

Long began by donating his first six game checks this season toward scholarships in his hometown, Charlottesville, Va. Then, he launched an initiative called Pledge 10 For Tomorrow, pledging his final 10 checks to "organizations supporting educational equity and opportunity in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia," cities where he's played. 



"I'm playing the entire 2017 NFL season without collecting income because I believe that education is the best gateway to a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America," Long explains on his website

Long's actions caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who interviewed the football player on her show this week. 

"Football for me, while it's fun ... I don't get the fulfillment out of that alone," Long says. "So, selfishly, the charity stuff makes me feel good. [It] makes me feel like ... I'm not just playing ball. I'm doing something bigger than that." 

Afterward, DeGeneres announces that she and Cheerios will be giving Long's Pledge 10 For Tomorrow initiative $30,000 to help with its goals. 

You can check it all out in the interview below:

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