Former Virginia All-American Chris Long has made a $300,000 contribution to the Virginia Athletics Foundation for the new George Welsh Indoor Practice Facility, the school announced Tuesday.
The facility is currently under construction, and the projected cost of the 78,000-square foot facility is $14.5 million, including financing costs to account for pledge payments scheduled to be made over the next five years. The facility is scheduled to be finished in the spring of 2013 and will provide practice and training space for the football program and all other field sports at the school.
“I am so proud to be a part of a brotherhood like the Virginia football program,” Long said in a statement. “I am completely committed to helping Coach (Mike) London build this program and I know it's going to take time and hard work to do it the right way. Some of my greatest memories were experienced at UVa working with my teammates to set a standard of excellence on the field that my University could be proud of. Virginia football players of the future deserve this same opportunity and the construction of this facility goes a long way towards ensuring that reality.”
The second overall pick of the 2008 NFL draft, Long has started 54 of 66 games during his career with the St. Louis Rams, notching 175 career tackles and 31 sacks. Coach London was Long’s position coach at Virginia for the 2004, 2006 and 2007 seasons.