NFL Draft is Heading to Dallas
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — By all accounts, the City of Philadelphia did a wonderful job hosting the 2017 NFL Draft but the league is moving on next April to the Dallas-Metroplex, specifically Jerry's Palace just outside Dallas, AT&T Stadium.
The good news for Eagles fans is that it's unlikely Jerry Jones will be able to duplicate what Philadelphia did with the event where a record of quarter-million people attended the three-day event along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, generating an economic impact of nearly $100 million for the city.
“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level," commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in a statement announcing the 2018 location. "This new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further. We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.”
The 2018 draft will begin on April 26.
WALKER NAMED EAGLES' ED BLOCK COURAGE AWARD WINNER
Eagles second-year linebacker Joe Walker has been named the recipient of the team's 2017 Ed Block Courage Award.
The awards honors one player from each NFL team who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
Walker suffered a torn ACL during the second week of the 2016 preseason that sidelined him for his entire rookie campaign. The 24-year-old linebacker has bounced back to become a major special teams contributor for the team as well as Jordan Hicks' backup at mike linebacker in the base defense and a key member of the team's goal-line defense.
PLAYING FOR FREE
Eagles defensive end Chris Long will be donating the rest of his 2017 salary to increase educational equality.
The veteran had already pledged his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the final 10 weeks to launch the "Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign."
The money will be given to charitable organizations in Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis (the three cities Long has played in) “whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.”
Long's salary is $1 million.
“In my 10th year, I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I’ve had to play football by giving back to the communities that have given me that gift,” Long said in a statement. “Educational opportunity and equity are the best gateway to a better tomorrow for everyone in America.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen