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The Givers

Kaepernick's giving shouldn't get all the attention—these five other NFLers are a fair sampling of players putting their paychecks to good use
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CHRIS LONG

The Eagles DE gave his first six game checks this season—$375K—to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, then promised the remaining $625K to launch his Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign, which will help make education more easily accessible to underserved youth.

ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA

A former Army Ranger, the Steelers' LT is donating the proceeds from his jersey sales to military nonprofits—just as he's done in each of his past three seasons. This year he also launched a line of big al's army T-shirts, the proceeds from which he'll donate to military charities.

ELI MANNING

Erratic as he may be on the field, the Giants QB has consistently been among the NFL's most charitable athletes. He has helped raise more than $25 million for New York March for Babies (to fight premature birth), and his work with the Tackle Kids Cancer campaign has led to more than $1 million in fund-raising.

MICHAEL BENNETT

Half of the Seahawks DE's 2017 jersey sales profits are pledged to inner-city garden projects, and all of his endorsement earnings are tabbed for s.t.e.a.m. programs (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and charities focused on empowering minority women.

CLIFF AVRIL

Bennett's bookend on the Seattle D-line promised to build a house in his native Haiti for each sack last season—and then he went out and bagged a career-high 11½ QBs. He and a group of NFL players built a dozen homes in the offseason, provided clean water to an orphanage and renovated a school.