Chris Long is a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams. He was a unanimous All-American selection as a senior at the University of Virginia and made the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2008.
Long was born in Santa Monica, CA on March 28, 1985 and is the son of Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame defensive lineman Howie Long. His family relocated to Charlottesville, VA and he played football, as well as basketball, lacrosse, and baseball at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. As a senior in 2003, he racked up 91 tackles and 15 sacks while his team went undefeated and won the state private-school title. His jersey number was retired when he graduated and he participated in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl before signing a letter of intent to play at the University of Virginia.
University of Virginia
After joining the Cavaliers in 2004, Long saw limited action along the defensive line and missed five games with mononucleosis. His playing time increased dramatically as a sophomore, and he recorded 46 tackles and 2.0 sacks for Virginia. He was named a team captain prior to the 2006 season and was named Second-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference after making 57 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss. After compiling 79 tackles and 14.0 sacks as a senior, he was a unanimous All-American selection and won the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation’s top defensive end. In November 2007, he became the first Virginia player to ever have his jersey retired while he was still active.
St. Louis Rams
Long became the second son of a Hall of Famer to ever be drafted in the first round when the St. Louis Rams selected him with the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games as a rookie for St. Louis, recording 40 tackles and 4.0 sacks and eventually garnering All-Rookie team honors. Despite making 13.0 sacks and winning the NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year award in 2011, he didn’t make a Pro Bowl roster or earn All-Pro distinction following the season. He signed a four-year extension on July 29, 2012, restructuring his deal to be worth up to $60 million over five years. He followed up the extension with another double-digit sack season, but he again missed out on the Pro Bowl.
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