Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has been named 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The award is given to one NFL player each year in recognition of their outstanding community service activities off the field, in addition to excellence on the field.
Long received the award Saturday (February 2nd) evening in Atlanta. The Chris Long Foundation will receive a $250,000 donation and an additional $250,000 will be donated to United Way in Long’s name.
“I am honored to be named the 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and to join the long line of men who have received this prestigious honor,” said Long. “While I am officially accepting this award, we would not be able to accomplish our goals without the support and participation of countless other individuals. I am humbled by the support we have received from my peers who have donated to our various matching-campaigns, the commitment and perseverance displayed by the veterans who have climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with me each year, and the generosity of our fans who have made vital contributions to our foundation over the years. I am incredibly thankful that football has provided me with a platform to give back and I am proud that so many of my colleagues have decided to use this stage to create positive and impactful change in our local communities and around the world.”
Congratulations, Chris Long.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 3, 2019