Saturday’s retirement from the NFL was announced by Chris Long, a super bowl champion with the Patriots and the Eagles in recent years.
Before calling it quits, the former Virginia Cavalier played 11 seasons with the Rams, Patriots and Eagles. He collected 70 bags during that time and had at least eight bags of four seasons.
Long was a social justice activist who supported fellow protesting players in Philadelphia, though, and perhaps most notably. The son of the famous Fox NFL analyst Howie Long, together with teammate Malcolm Jenkins, became a regular fixture. However during the national anthem Jenkins stood up with his fist, Long put his hand back on his teammates to support him.
Long also rejected bluntly going to the White House to celebrate the 2018 Eagles Championship.
“No, I’m not going to the White House,” reporters said. Are you shouting at me?
Also, when asked about the possibility that the anthem protests hurt the ratings of the NFL, Long told FS1’s Colin Cowherd that NFL players cared more about their “social consciousness” than about the “ratings” of the league.
While there are many studies showing the ratings are down, I’d say many people have more fun watching football than ever before. So, at just the end of that day, I think what you see is a bunch of guys who care more about their social awareness or stand up for the things they believe in over the ratings and the bottom dollar.
It claim certainly did not age well, given that after accepting a relatively paltry grievance settlement from the NFL, Colin Kaepernick, the face of the NFL anthem protest movement, walked away from the game and his protest movement.
In 2016 and 2017, respectively, Long won successive Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
He has also been named the Year Award for the 2018 Walton Payton NFL Man. Long donated his entire 2017 salary to charity, with money going to a different charity from each game check, reports UPI.