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Waterboys Newsletter SEPTEMBER 2019

Waterboys Team

September 16, 2019

Myles Garrett to Serve as
New NFL Waterboys Captain

When I announced my retirement in May, the momentum of Waterboys and its visibility in the NFL weighed heavily on my mind. I knew my job was to find an active player who not only shares my passion for clean water but will get creative on how to champion NFL Waterboys and accelerate its growth.

Since NFL Waterboys has always been a team effort, looking to the roster of athletes already supporting the program was a natural start. Many of our Waterboys have made multi-year commitments to their well funding efforts and helped us raise awareness in key markets around the country. Our bench is deep, but one guy immediately stepped up to the challenge.

Today, I’m thrilled to announce Myles Garrett, of the Cleveland Browns, as the new captain of the NFL Waterboys roster.

I know Myles is up for the task and luckily, he’s surrounded by an amazing set of NFL Waterboys veterans and some new fresh faces. Check out our roster below.

  • Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns
  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears
  • Beau Allen, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams
  • Brett Hundley, Arizona Cardinals
  • Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

If you have any ideas on players from your favorite team who should join us, email to submit your suggestions.

This week, to kick off season 5 of NFL Waterboys and celebrate his new role, Myles is rallying his Dawg Pound to join him on our journey of delivering clean water to 1 million people by recruiting fans to join our effort.

And in the coming weeks, it will be your turn!

Each Waterboy will be using their bye week to add to our momentum and build a team of clean water supporters in their home market. So whether you’re flying an Eagles flag, part of Buc Nation, down for Da Bears, loyal to the Boys or anywhere in between – stay tuned to REPRESENT and IMPACT this crisis.

While Myles is holding it down on the field, I see my role expanding in other ways – recruiting new players, speaking to groups and organizations about the power of clean water, advocating with fans who want to see change in the clean water space, and supporting my team in expansion efforts with new leagues.

Suffice it to say, I’m accelerating through retirement.

Let’s do this!

Chris Long
Waterboys Founder
Super Bowl Champion LI & LII
2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year

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