A member of one of the most famous football families has announced the end of his career. Chris Long, most recently a defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, just announced his retirement on Twitter moments ago,
Long posted a photo to his social media account, in which he is holding a red solo cup and looking towards mountains. His message makes it clear that his NFL career has come to a close.
The former University of Virginia star entered the league in 2008, as the No. 2 overall pick of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.
He stayed with the team through the 2015 season, before spending one year with the New England Patriots, with whom he won his first Super Bowl.
The next year, as a Philadelphia Eagle, he captured a second straight Super Bowl, this time beating the Patriots. Last season, he helped the Eagles reach the playoffs once again, in what would be his final NFL season.
Chris Long is stepping away from the NFL at 34 years old, after 11 years in the league.
Here is his announcement from Twitter.
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
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 19, 2019
Long is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, and brother of Kyle Long, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears.
Few NFL players have interests as wide-ranging as Long. He started the Chris Long Foundation in 2015, which helps raise funds for wells in East Africa. This off-season, he took an interesting approach at joining the sports media, writing detailed Game of Thrones recaps for Sports Illustrated.
Long finishes his career with 330 tackles and 70 sacks on his career. In 2018, he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.