After 11 years of playing defensive end in the NFL, former Ram, Patriot and now Eagle Chris Long has called it a career this past Saturday.
Cheers. Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. Highs and lows. I’ve seen them both and I appreciate the perspective. Gratitude and love to those who lifted me up. pic.twitter.com/Ap8zi73Ifl
Long will end his career with 70 sacks, 85 tackles for loss and 150 quarterback hits and two consecutive Super Bowl wins with the Patriots in 2016 and again with the Eagles in 2017. Although he was only in New England for one season, he quickly became a fan and player favorite, with his funny social media game and very close relationship with Rob Ninkovich. One of his biggest legacy moments as a Patriot came during the Super Bowl 51 comeback, where he drew a holding call against the Falcons, forcing them out of field goal range nearing the end of the 4th quarter, giving the Pats a fighting chance.
As much as his presence was felt on the field, it was just as, if not more significant off of it. Long donated all of his 2017 game checks to charity and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his Waterboys Charity.
On their website here, you can donate to his foundation in the fight to provide clean drinking water to all of those in need.
Congrats on a very successful career in the NFL and good luck to whatever lies ahead Chris!