Eagles: We were fortunate to have Chris Long

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Defensive end Chris Long announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night after spending the last 11 years playing for three teams in the NFL.

The final two years of that career were spent with the Eagles and saw Long win both a Super Bowl and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The Eagles noted both of those accomplishments in a statement released after Long made his announcement.

“When you look at everything Chris Long accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team. Chris was everything that we thought he was and even more – not only as a great player for our football team, but also in the community. There aren’t many players who can say they won back-to-back Super Bowls and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. He accomplished both with class and grace. There’s no question that his work ethic combined with his unique talent made him into one of the greatest of this era’s professional athletes. We’re very thankful Chris chose to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, and congratulate him on a fantastic career. He will always be part of the Eagles family.”

Long recorded 11.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in his two years with the Eagles while also working to provide clean water to communities in Africa and donating his salary to fund educational initiatives in the United States. Those charitable efforts earned him the Man of the Year award and will likely be a main focus of Long’s post-football life.

32 responses to “Eagles: We were fortunate to have Chris Long

  1. He has a true, rebellious American attitude. The country used to be full of independent thinkers like him who questioned authority instead of meekly bowing their heads.

  2. They don’t beat the Patriots in the super bowl without him switching teams.

    Quality guy.

  3. Though he never played for my team, Long was clearly a very good player, excellent teammate, even a better person. I look forward to seeing what other accomplishments he has in his future off the gridiron.

  4. Unbelievably hard worker… Considering the physically grueling demands of playing any sport at a professional level, it’s understandable so many athletes just chill to recover during the offseason, but Mr. Long didn’t slow down once off the football field either. Deserving of any and all tributes going his way.

  5. As a Belichick fan I’ve mixed feelings about both Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount. Both had their careers turned around by Belichick in 2016, both then became FAs and both flounced away claiming they wanted more of a role but really wanting that big SB-payday. And eventually both claimed they got it at the Eagles, and they did a little trash talking about it too. But in reality they ended up in Philly for the same pay in 2017 as that which Belichick had valued them in 2016. And both played about 10% fewer snaps in 2017 for the Eagles than they did in 2016 for the Pats. And but for a permitted illegal formation on the “Philly Special” they’d both have been seen as selfish fools who missed out on 3 rings.

  6. Chris Long was the Patriot that was held during the SB against the Falcons that pushed the Falcons out of field goal range and forced the Falcons to punt, allowing Brady to get the ball back and drive the field to tie the game. The hold was required, Chris had beaten his opponent and not only would have sacked Matt Ryan but may have forced a fumble and a shorter field. Despite the hold he almost got there. I’ll never forget that play.

  7. Redskin fan here. Long was a good player and an even better person off the field. Congratulations on a great career and thank you for all of your work to serve the community.

  8. Don’t understand all the hate toward this guy.

    Surely there can’t be that many Patriot fans here.

  9. It’s crazy how his fortunes turned. The dude was on a perennial losing team. The respect and winning he got towards the end is exactly what life is about. You keep working and things will pay off. I salute you!

  10. Don’t understand the hate? Lmao! Wow unreal. Why doesn’t Mr. “Down with the cause” move out of his all white sheltered gated community and live on the south side of Chicago since he is such an advocate. Please tell me why he won’t

  11. I don’t know if the last chapter has been written on Long yet. Wait until the inevitable injuries pile up and the Eagles are desperate for defensive line reinforcements. I just hope that Long keeps in playing shape.

  12. I live in merrillville Indiana in the shadows of chicago which is basically the hood so im more down with the cause than this fraud.

  13. slimglynn says:
    May 19, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    He’s a Fruad just like Obama.
    Cut from the same cloth.

    Fruad?
    Not even your autocorrect could save you from yourself

  14. Ehh…he was an okay player. If it wasn’t for his last name he wouldn’t be thought of anything but an avg DE.

  15. streetyson says:
    May 19, 2019 at 9:17 am
    As a Belichick fan I’ve mixed feelings about both Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount. Both had their careers turned around by Belichick in 2016, both then became FAs and both flounced away claiming they wanted more of a role but really wanting that big SB-payday. And eventually both claimed they got it at the Eagles, and they did a little trash talking about it too. But in reality they ended up in Philly for the same pay in 2017 as that which Belichick had valued them in 2016. And both played about 10% fewer snaps in 2017 for the Eagles than they did in 2016 for the Pats. And but for a permitted illegal formation on the “Philly Special” they’d both have been seen as selfish fools who missed out on 3 rings.

    ————

    You do realize that Alshon checked with the official first right? The official gave the thumbs up and therefore is not an illegal play. Please do research before crying.

  16. You do realize that Alshon checked with the official first right? The official gave the thumbs up and therefore is not an illegal play. Please do research before crying.

    ————————
    But, the official was INCORRECT!! It was illegal!!!’

  17. Being a cheerleader for a false narrative negated any good he did on the field. Glad to see him go.

  18. I’m still digging through stats looking for this “fantastic career” everyone’s saying Chris long had.

    It’s nowhere to be found. And average DE with a big mouth.

    A shadow of his father’s greatness.

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