“It was important to me because I know we have a great platform and can have dialogue on social issues to improve our country,” Chris Long said last night at the Super Bowl media session. “We all have a responsibility there. Educational equity was my way of giving my salary. It’s not $10 million or anything. I’m not going to act like I’m the first guy to donate $1 million to something, but it has been good.”

By Lewis Gould

Every Eagles fans is happy for the effectiveness of edge rusher Chris Long, who got a Supe ring in 2017 with the Pats and is now on the verge of another with the Birds.

“It’s not like private schools are best for every kid,” Long continued. “We have done some supplemental work in public schools. We’ve done some scholarship work with private schools. When I grew up, I had everything you could ask for, and I kind of didn’t appreciate it. Because it was a given for me. Everybody that grew up in my neighborhood was going to have an opportunity to go to college. I took that for granted. I always regret that.”

Long declined to join his teammates when New England visited the White House in April, in large part because of the election of President Donald Trump.

Now that Long is a member of the Eagles and will face his former squad in Super Bowl LII, he could enjoy his second championship in two seasons.

In a “Pardon My Take” podcast published Sunday, Long said:

“No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?”

During last night’s media session, Long declined to elaborate on his stance.

“I went through this last year with the Trump thing,” Long said. “I’m not going to get into it. I know I said that, hypothetically, but we have a whole week to prepare for the Patriots. Hopefully you’ll be asking me this question in a week, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

Back in the end of December, former President Barack Obama posted a message to his official Twitter account, lauding Long for his efforts to improve education in his hometown.

“One day I was opening my phone and I had a bunch of text messages, and they were like, ‘You need to check Barack Obama’s Twitter.’ And I was like, ‘Why?’” Long said. “But I did, and I was honored to hear from somebody like that. Michelle Obama has also done a lot of work in the scope of educational equity and being able to work with her on some of her initiatives has been awesome. I’m very honored.”