‘Huddle Up:’ Ex-NFL great Chris Long retires to parents’ home – for now | TribLIVE.com
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‘Huddle Up:’ Ex-NFL great Chris Long retires to parents’ home – for now

It’s not often that an 11-year NFL veteran and two-time Super Bowl winner retires and lives in his parents’ house, but that’s just what has happened to Chris Long.

“They’re working on my house, so we’re a family of four living with my folks,” he said with laugh during this week’s “Huddle Up with Gus” podcast. “It’s a tough transition. I don’t know too many guys that played 11 years in the league and make enough money for their own pad, but they move into their parents’ house when they finish.”

Long, son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long, said he has enjoyed spending time with his parents since retiring May 18. For instance, he said he and his father stay up late watching sports, recently taking in the Stanley Cup Final games.

“It’s been fun, honestly. Spatially, it’s not like you have your own house. But it is nice to wake up in the morning, go eat breakfast with my dad and my mom and then watch games with my dad at night. It’s pretty cool.”

Long won back-to-back Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles after having played his first eight years with the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams drafted Long second overall in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Virginia.

Long finished his career with 70 career sacks and 15 forced fumbles and played in 162 of 176 possible games, starting 103 games.

He was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year winner. The NFL presents the award annually, honoring a player for his volunteer and charity work as well as excellence on the field.

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Coming Tuesday: Part 2 with Chris Long


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In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long stands on the sideline prior to the team’s NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. Long has announced his retirement from football, ending an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Long posted his decision Saturday night, May 18, on Twitter, saying it has “been a hell of a journey” and adds that “I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it.”
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