EARTH CITY, MO - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Long of the St. Louis Rams poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images) By KMOV Web Producer
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (FootballStL) – St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long made a significant donation towards building a new practice facility at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.
Long contributed $300,000 to the Virginia Athletics Foundation to be used to help fund the new George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility, which is expected to be complete next spring. The $14.5 million, 78,000-square foot facility will provide practice and training space for the football program and other field sports at the University of Virginia.
“I am so proud to be a part of a brotherhood like the Virginia Football program,” Long said in a press release. “I am completely committed to helping Coach London build this program and I know it's going to take time and hard work to do it the right way.”
The Rams selected Long with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. In five seasons, he has recorded 32.5 career sacks and has started 55 out of 67 games since becoming a pro.
Long became the third unanimous All-American in Virginia history as a senior in 2007. He was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year and won the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive end.