In the past month alone, we’ve seen a couple athletes put their giant salaries to use in some fairly questionable ways.
Stefon Diggs kicked things off a few weeks ago when he debuted a blinged out chain of the Starbucks logo for reasons I’ll never truly understand.
However, I’m not sure if that was absurd as the $100k Chris McCullough spent to get a diamond-covered can of iced tea.
If ESPN ever makes a sequel to Broke I wouldn’t be shocked if at least one of these guys makes an appearance.
I don’t want to necessarily tell players how they should spend their money but when you make millions of dollars a year I feel like you’re obligated to give back to society in some shape or form.
If you’re looking for a real role model, you don’t have to search much further than Chris Long.
Last year, the Eagle announced he was donating his entire base salary to a charitable cause and proved he’s one of the best dudes in the NFL in the process.
Long followed up the gesture by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to deliver clean water to schools in Tanzania.
Now, Long is doing great work yet again after announcing he’ll be giving back in a big way by using the money he’ll make in the first four games of this year’s season in order to launch a children’s literacy charity.
According to ESPN, Long is set to make $1.2 million this season which—if you can’t do simple math— amounts to a pledge of $400,000.
Here’s what that money will be going toward:
Chris and Megan Long will distribute more than 25,000 books for children in underserved neighborhoods to build at-home libraries, as well as fund the creation of three Chris Long Book Nooks that serve as neighborhood-based reading areas for families.
If you want to join the cause you can visit the website Long has set up.