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The ways in which Eagles defender Chris Long has committed himself Womens Rodney McLeod Jersey , and his wallet, to the community both near and far, is vast.note each and every way he’s used his platform to give back to those who need him, which is why he is so deserving of the team’s nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. And while Long himself may be too humble to fully appreciate why he’s been given this year’s nomination, there should be no question that he deserves the honor when looking at all the work he’s done off the field. From playing for free in an effort to support education, both locally and nationally, to actually climbing Kilimanjaro (multiple times) in an effort to provide clean drinking water to millions in Africa, his commitment is relentless, and deserves to be appreciated.Waterboys.orgAs 2018 was nearing its end, NFL Films released a documentary “The Way Up: Chris Long and the Waterboys”, and it was amazing. Narrated by Uma Thurman — who you’d have no idea was the voice until the credits —, the story began with Long’s decision to continue playing football after winning a Super Bowl with New England, all in an effort to further his advocacy and platform as an NFL player.The documentary touched on Long joining the Eagles the next season, and the team’s unprecedented Super Bowl run of their own. And then, after the parade confetti finished falling, it showed former and current players like Connor Barwin Alshon Jeffery Jersey , Nate Boyer, Steven Jackson, and even Vince Young, preparing to take on a different challenge: Mt. Kilimanjaro.It wasn’t just athletes that made up the #ConquerKili team, but half of the group included military vets, two of which were amputees, and another who had suffered significant injuries that made the climb particularly challenging. Still, these men came together in an effort to bring awareness, and funds, to build wells in Tanzania to provide clean drinking water to thousands of children and their families.This was Long’s second trek up the mountain, and the film crew allowed him and the others to show why this effort was so important. The kids in the villages they are trying to help had to spend much of their day, before and after school, collecting water from rivers and streams that would make most American’s cringe. And while the kids then head to the classroom, the women in the village often carry 40 pound buckets of water up to 10 miles each way back to their village, some carrying two buckets, and some making more than one trip. The work to get water that’s brown and filled with all kinds of bacteria, is immeasurable http://www.eagleslocke...entic-lane-johnson-jersey , and yet, something they don’t complain about.Long has talked about his preference in putting his platform behind tangible things he can change, and building wells in these communities is something that can happen quickly and immediately changes the lives of thousands.Long has been lauded for his decision to forego a paycheck during the 2017 season, instead donating it to charity, and his commitment to that same play-for-free mentality he carried into 2018, but while those efforts get the most headlines, it’s been his work overseas that has probably had the biggest impact. And, he isn’t here for anyone to question whether his commitment should stay domestically, either.Chris Long will always be known for being an incredible football player, but his commitment to helping communities near and far will be his legacy. And, I don’t think he’d have it any other way.So, whether or not he ends up winning the 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, you can bet that he will stay focused on helping others and bringing light to as many as he can. Presenting The 60-Second Eagles Review, where we relive each 2018 Eagles game in no more than a minute, complete with a weekly trio of Birds MVPs:Find previous recaps on Bleeding Green Nation right here.***Five things I think about the BirdsI think Doug Pederson would be a legitimate Coach of the Year candidate if the award took into consideration the playoffs. Even if the Eagles don’t advance past the Divisional Round, the fact they’ve gotten to this point, even as defending champions Womens Nelson Agholor Jersey , is a true testament to Doug’s voice in Philly. This was a club left for dead weeks ago, and now they’ve upset the once-unstoppable Rams, upset the division-champion Texans and upset the NFL’s best defense — all without their star quarterback and big defensive pieces (again).I think Jason Peters and Nigel Bradham are also deserving of MVP honors from Sunday’s Wild Card win. The former helped render Khalil Mack all but useless during the game’s most important moments, whereas Bradham seemed to be all over the field when the Eagles defense clicked the most and set an early tone against the Bears in the first half.I think I liked the fake “Philly Special” two-point call, even if it didn’t work. I didn’t like the timeout beforehand, but the play itself? As soon as Nick Foles walked up to the right tackle, memories of Super Bowl LII flooded the mind, and Wendell Smallwood did his very best to get that ball up and extended. Not bad, in my book. (Obviously we might be talking about it differently if Cody Parkey makes his kick, but that’s not reality, is it?)I think Cre’von LeBlanc is quietly putting on a show out there as the nickel cornerback. Avonte Maddox got roasted a few times on Sunday but has otherwise been a ball-hawk, while Rasul Douglas has also stood his ground lately. Yet LeBlanc, a guy whose name most Eagles fans would not have recognized a few weeks ago, might be the steadiest of the bunch. Hats off to him for working — and owning — the middle of the field against Chicago.I think Eagles fans should actually be pretty confident in Doug’s strategy entering this Saints game. Will New Orleans be hard to beat in the dome? Heck yes. But something tells me Pederson will not hold back in the creativity department this week after getting embarrassed by Sean Payton and co. earlier this year. Again, that doesn’t mean an Eagles win is guaranteed or even likely, but I’ve got a feeling Philly’s going to come out swinging.

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