Chris Long, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, will donate his first six game cheques to fund scholarships, his foundation announced.
The will provide two students with a full, seven year school programme.
Following scenes in Charlottesville last month, Ling and his wife Megan decided to make the donation to promote equality.
“In August, we watched people fill our hometown streets with hatred and bigotry,” Chris Long said in a statement. “Megan and I decided to try to combat those actions with our own positive investment in our community.”
Long was outspoken about the events in his hometwon in the Virginia.
He said to CSN Philadelphia: “Some people are tired of hearing me tweet because they want me to stick to football but I like to use social media like I was a regular guy because I think I am.
“I don’t tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics. And this isn’t political. That’s the thing. Everybody is trying to turn this political.
“This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong. I believe you’re on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything.
“And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”