Hours after their Monday Night Football win, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith arrived in Harrisburg for a much more meaningful cause.
The three Eagles players are at the Pennsylvania state capitol on Tuesday to meet with legislators to discuss criminal justice reform, according to Deanna Durante and Dan Stamm of NBC 10 in Philadelphia.
Jenkins, Long and Smith, through their group The Players Coalition, have been advocating for reforms to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
“It takes a lot of sacrifice but the ball has been rolled and that’s a good thing,” Jenkins said. “We’ve seen other guys getting involved in their communities, other teams, other players. And, a lot of that comes from leading by example.”
The three are part of a growing number of athletes using their platform to make a difference.
Jenkins, by raising his fist, has been part of the national anthem protest ever since Colin Kaepernick took a knee to raise awareness to racism, social injustice and police brutality. The safety has been active to spark social change. He’s testified before Congress, met with police and write a weekly piece on criminal justice reform.
Long, who places his arm around Jenkins during the national anthem, donated his entire 2017 NFL salary to multiple education charities.
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