Former CFL kicker Ty Long raising money for Special Olympics with coffin corner punts

Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Chargers

CFL-turned-NFL punter Ty Long is raising money for a worthy cause using his big leg.

Long recently made the Los Angeles Chargers roster for a second-straight season as the team’s punter.

I’m donating $50 for every punt downed inside the 20 yard line & YOU can to! I need your help to raise money for the Special Olympics! Long wrote on Twitter. I’ll be donating in Birmingham and LA so money will he going to both City’s that are very important to me!

During his first NFL season, Long played in all 16 regular season games for the Chargers and punted 48 times for 2,256 yards — a 47-yard gross average and 40.9 net average. He also stepped in as a three-point man when needed, hitting seven-of-nine field goals, including a long of 51 yards. He earned an NFL contract by impressing north of the border.

Long was a CFL all-star in 2017 and 2018 after two productive seasons for the B.C. Lions. The 27-year-old played in 36 games for the Lions, making 82-of-92 three-point tries (88.2 percent) with a long of 52 yards, plus 58-of-65 extra points (89 percent). Long also punted 236 times for an average of 48.3 yards.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate went unselected in the 2015 NFL draft. He signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Washington Football Team, however, he was waived among final training camp roster moves. After waiting for another NFL opportunity for the rest of that season and all of 2016, Long proved himself in the CFL.

Last season, Long downed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line. That would have been $850 USD alone going to the Special Olympics. If people join the cause, Long will be totaling even more money by using his talents on the field.