Kyle Long is slowly becoming the biggest fan favorite on the Bears. Now, he’s using some of that fame to help charity, and in the process may beat a Packers player, just for good measure.
The Pro Bowl offensive lineman is one of 12 NFL players who took part in a bracket style playoff. The player who was able to raise the most money for Waterboys.org would advance to the next round.
After beating out Justin Tuck and Danny Amendola, Long has reached the championship round where he will face off against Packers lineman TJ Lang.
The money raised supports a project that hopes to build a “sustainable, deep borehole well and to subsequently provide water for over 5,000 people in Sub-Sahara Africa.” Each team in the NFL had a player representative raising money throughout the year. Long had raised the third most money heading into the playoffs.
With the championship set, the two rival lineman traded good-natured Twitter jabs.
Fans can help support the cause and Long on the event’s website. The tournament was originally set up by Long’s brother Chris and the Chris Long Foundation. Lang knocked out the Rams defensive lineman in the tournament’s semifinals.