The Way Up: Chris Long and the Waterboys
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NFL Network premieres The Way Up – Chris Long & The Waterboys, a two-hour documentary produced by NFL Films.
Narrated by award-winning actress Uma Thurman, The Way Up chronicles what it means to play for a cause for Super Bowl champion and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, whose legacy of service stretched from villages in Tanzania to communities across the U.S.
The special opens with the trek to the peak of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro taken this past February by a group of NFL players and military veterans known as The Waterboys. Led by Long and former Seattle Seahawks player and Green Beret Nate Boyer, The Waterboys summited the largest free-standing mountain in the world to bring attention to the current water crisis in Tanzania. Joined by current NFL player Connor Barwin along with former NFL players Vince Young, Steven Jackson, Tom Santi, and MMA star Justin Wren, their climb represents the hundreds of miles that Tanzanians walk every month to ferry dirty water back to their villages just to survive.