Frequent Trump critic, Philadelphia Eagles' Chris Long wins ‘Good Guy’ award

Frequent Trump critic, Philadelphia Eagles' Chris Long wins ‘Good Guy’ award

Philadelphia Eagles player Chris Long, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE, was recognized by sports writers with the "Good Guy Award" on Thursday.

The annual award, given by the Professional Football Writers of America, is presented to an NFL player "for his qualities and professional style in helping pro football writers do their jobs." The award has been given out since 2005.

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”Whether it was the Eagles defense, the team’s underdog status, the unrest in Charlottesville, his philanthropic endeavors, or his involvement in and support of social justice issues, Long’s insight and perspective were appreciated during his first year in Philadelphia,” Zach Berman, who covers the Eagles for the Philadelphia Inquirer, told The Associated Press.

Long has become well-known for his activism in recent years. 

The Charlottesville native donated his first six game checks of the 2017 season to fund scholarships in the city after clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters last August turned deadly.

Long later elected to donate his final 10 game checks to underserved youth in the three cities for which he’s played in the NFL — Philadelphia, Boston and St. Louis.

Long and the Eagles most recently drew national attention after Trump disinvited them to the White House after winning this year's Super Bowl, citing the team's participation in national anthem protests.

Long had previously said he would not attend the ceremony if the Eagles won.

The AP reports that Long received the award for his thoughtful remarks on a variety of topics on and off the field.