Jake Long is a four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams. He made two All-Pro squads in five seasons with the Miami Dolphins before joining the Rams as a free agent prior to the 2013 season.
Long was born on May 9, 1985 in Lapeer, MI and was a three-sport star at Lapeer East High School. He was an All-Metro League player on both offense and defense, playing defensive end and offensive tackle for Lapeer East. Following his senior season, he became the first player in school history to be selected to the all-state Dream Team in 2002. He also holds the record for most career home runs as a baseball player at the school. After attending a football camp at the University of Michigan, then-Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr offered him a scholarship and he gave a verbal commitment that day.
University of Michigan
Long was given a redshirt in 2003 as he bulked up to 330 pounds, and then he became a full-time starter at right tackle after the third game of the 2004 season. After helping lead the Wolverines to the 2005 Rose Bowl, he earned Second-Team All-Big 10 honors and was named to Rivals.com’s 2004 Freshman All-American team. He battled through multiple injuries during the 2005 season, but managed to get healthy in time to play in the 2005 Alamo Bowl.
Entering his junior season, Long transitioned to left tackle and helped pave the way for the Wolverines to open the 2006 season 11-0. He was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, selected to the All-Big Ten first team, and named a consensus All-American. He returned for his final year of eligibility hoping to lead Michigan to a national title, but the team lost to Appalachian State at home to open the season and didn’t meet expectations. Despite the team’s struggles, Long was again named an All-American and won his second straight Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award.
After concluding an outstanding college career, Long was selected first overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft. He became an immediate starter and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, helping the Dolphins reach the postseason after a one-win season in 2007. During his second season in 2008, he was named Second-Team All-Pro after surrendering only four sacks the entire year, and he was an All-NFL second team selection the following season. He played in 61 consecutive games before a back injury snapped the streak during the 2011 season, but still made his fourth straight Pro Bowl team.
St. Louis Rams
Once his rookie contract ended following the 2012 season, Long had to decide whether he wanted to return to Miami or join a new team during free agency. He chose to sign a four-year, $36 million deal with the St. Louis Rams. He started 15 games for the Rams before suffering a torn ACL in the opening series of a contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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