Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long has officially been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season. Long is being recognized for donating his first six game checks to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Obviously a great gesture by Long.
As an NFLPA Community MVP award winner, Long is also eligible for the annual Byron “Whizzer” White (BWW) Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins received the BWW Award in 2017.
Long is one of three NFLPA Community MVP award winners who have been named so far this season. Prior to the season started, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt received the award due to raising over $33 million in disaster relief funds following Hurricane Harvey. It seems safe to say he should be a lock for the BWW award. Colin Kaepernick was recognized in Week 1 for donating a total of $900,000 within the year.