Eagles’ Chris Long wins Byron “Whizzer” White NFLPA Award
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long has received a prestigious award. On Thursday as voted on by fellow NFL players Long was awarded The Byron “Whizzer” White NFLPA award. The Whizzer award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a player for their efforts in the community. Furthermore, along with winning the award, the NFLPA has pledged to donate $100,000 to the Chris Long foundation. The NFLPA has been honoring players with this prestigious award since 1967.
Congratulations to @JOEL9ONE for winning the NFLPA Byron "Whizzer" White #CommunityMVP Award. The award was voted on by the players of the National Football League and was presented by Delta Private Jets. pic.twitter.com/8HOfQyCd5m
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) February 1, 2018
Long Donated All Of His Game Checks This Season
Long signed a two-year deal in the offseason with the Eagles and has had a productive season with the team. In addition, Long donated all 16 of his game checks for two separate good causes. His first six game checks were to fund scholarships for students from his hometown of Charlottesville Virginia. The defensive end then gave his final ten game checks to St. Louis, New England and Philadelphia.
This Award Means A lot To The Defensive End
Humbled by the award Long took to Twitter to show appreciation. The other finalist for the award included former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Texans defensive end J.J Watt. It’s the the second year in a row that an Eagles player has taken home the award as safety Malcolm Jenkins won it last year for his work in the community.
Sorry it took so long. Busy day! Past my bedtime so a quick try at a thank you to everyone who made winning the Byron “Whizzer” White @NFLPA award. So many great men in our league. Anyone could’ve won it. Humbled, honored! #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/mIacWkxieA
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 2, 2018
It’s Bigger Than Football For Chris Long
Most of all Long knows that helping out in the community is just as important as on-field production. Over the summer over in Charlottesville, a series of protests took place in Charlottesville, which resulted in one person’s death. As a result, Long decided to step in and help make a difference. Long’s work in the community received praise from former president Barack Obama. Obama tweeted two days before New Year’s Eve that Long’s story was something to remind us what’s best about our nation.
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