In 2016, Colin Kaepernick took a stand against police brutality, when he started kneeling during the national anthem. Ultimately, his commitment to a cause cost him $12 million (his 2016 salary), since he was not signed by any professional NFL team for the 2017 season. His story can be found at the link below:
ANOTHER NFL play who has integrity is Philadelphia Eagle player Chris Long, who has now played for 2 consecutive Super Bowl winning teams.
Long attended St. Anne's-Belfield Academy in Charlottesville, Virginia
Long had the rare distinction of having his jersey retired at St. Anne's-Belfield School. Long also played basketball, lacrosse, and baseball in high school
He is the Son of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Howie Long. He played college football at Virginia, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American
Long's #91 jersey was retired at the University of Virginia on November 24, 2007, making him the first to have his jersey retired while an active player.
Long has also played for the New England Patriots, winning a championship with them in Super Bowl LI in 2017. The following season he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles.
In May 2015, Long launched The Chris Long Foundation which helps raise money for the Waterboys.ORG Initiative. The initiative is dedicated to building wells for communities in East Africa. In 2017, Long stated that he would donate his entire base salary for that year's NFL season to charity.
Last spring, Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles that included a $500,000 signing bonus, a $1 million base salary and a $1.5 million roster bonus.
Long donated his first six paychecks of 2017 to fund scholarships in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. He says he was inspired to give after seeing the violent protests held by white nationalists in August.
Defensive end Chris Long told Pardon My Take that he plans to skip another White House visit if the Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII.
Long was a member of last year's New England Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI but was not in attendance for the team's visit with President Donald Trump in April. Long has been very vocal on social media against President Trump. Long has also participated in the protests during the national anthem before games by putting his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins.
Last year, Long explained his decision not to attend the White House in a video by Green Stripe News.
"My son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?'" Long said.