Eagles' Chris Long announces he's donating his final 10 game checks to charity, will play season for free

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long will be playing his entire 2017 season for free.

Earlier in the season, the 32-year-old veteran player had already pledged to donate the checks from his first six games of the season to fund scholarships for students in his hometown, Charlottesville, Va., where he also played college football.

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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: TV personality and former NFL player Howie Long celebrates with son Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 16: After the practice ended, Patriots defensive end Chris Long (#95, right) held his five-month-old son Waylon, as Chris' brother (#and Waylon's uncle), Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long (left) leaned in and tried to entertain his nephew. The New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears held a joint practice session at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 16, 2016, in preparation for their NFL exhibition game Thursday night. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 18: Chicago Bears head coach John Fox (left), has a word and a hand for the Long brothers, Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long (center) and New England Patriots defensive lineman Chris Long (right) on the field after a preseason game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Aug. 18, 2016. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - NOVEMBER 24: Defensive end Chris Long #91 of the Virginia Cavaliers stands with his father and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long before Chris' jersey retirement during pregame of their matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Scott Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders Hall of Famer Howie Long and his son, the St. Louis Rams first round draft pick Chris Long during the 2008 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Chris Long #95 of the New England Patriots speaks to father Howie Long before Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Now, Long announced Wednesday morning that he will donate his final 10 game checks to charitable organizations near Boston, Philadelphia and St. Louis -- the three cities in which Long has played for in his 10-year NFL career.

This means Long, who had a base salary of $1 million for the season, will be putting all of that money towards educational initiatives through the Chris Long Foundation.

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"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 wrote in a statement on PledgeIt.org.

The four organizations that will benefit from the NFL player's final 10 game checks are Summer Search Boston, Summer Search Philadelphia, College Bound and St. Louis' Little Bit Foundation.

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