Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive end Chris Long is saying goodbye to professional football. Long, who played 11 seasons in NFL, announced his retirement over the weekend via a Twitter post.
Long’s decision comes after he had one of his more productive seasons in 2018. He started 13 games (most since 2013) and contributed with 23 tackles, 7.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles.
“Cheers,” – Long tweeted. “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.”
Chris Long kicked off his NFL career with St. Louis Rams, who took him second overall in 2008. After eight years with the Rams, he signed with New England Patriots in 2016 and helped the team to win a Super Bowl in his lone season with the organization.
Long signed a two-year contract with the Eagles in 2017 and became one of the rare players who managed to win back-to-back Super Bowls with two different teams.
“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,” – said the Eagles in a team-released statement. “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.”
Long leaves the NFL with 332 total tackles, 70.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.