We gave you the heads up last week, but last night showed the full video of Chris Long and William Hayes going undercover as homeless residents of St. Louis on SportsCenter last night:
It's a good reminder of one of the core issues of civic planning and one of the toughest to tackle. And while great places like the St. Patrick Center continue to work to peel away at homelessness, it's also a good reminder that much of the good NFL players do sometimes go completely unnoticed:
For the past several years, the Rams' defensive line has donated $1,000 for every sack to the St. Patrick Center, a local homeless resource. Long had never visited the center.
Meanwhile, Hayes became a regular. He took a group of teenagers to the movies and played bingo at the Rosati Group Home, St. Patrick's mental illness facility. This spring, Hayes treated about 15 homeless people to a meal at Golden Corral, an all-you-can-eat buffet.
"I'm telling you, you'd thought they'd died and went to heaven," says Judson Bliss, chief program officer at St. Patrick. "It's very rare for these folks, so it was very special.
"We have a lot of people who give money to us, and that's a good thing. But I think a lot of these social problems that we have, with homelessness and the violence, what it really does take is people being involved in other people's lives. That's what makes a difference."