He captured back-to-back Super Bowls in 2016 (with the Patriots) and 2017 (with the Eagles) and was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his extensive charity work and community service. His playing time - he played around half of the team's defensive snaps over the past two seasons - was slated to fall, and he didn't want to take on a reduced role.
Chris Long, one of the leaders in the Philadelphia Eagles' locker room, announced his retirement Saturday night. Last season, he helped the Eagles reach the playoffs once again, in what would be his final National Football League season. It just showed how much we could make changes in things that matter, and play really good football too. "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".
However, and perhaps most notably, Long was a social justice activist who supported fellow protesting players in Philadelphia.
Long finishes his career with 330 tackles and 70 sacks on his career. We are very thankful Chris chose to play for the Philadelphia Eagles, and congratulate him on a fantastic career. But Long never suited up for a playoff game in eight seasons with the Rams. "He will always be part of the Eagles family".
Following the win over Atlanta, Long's social activism first became noticed by the at-large public when he made a decision to skip the Patriots visit to the White House. With Philly, Long found more team success, helping Philly's dominant defense secure a No. 1 seed in the NFC. More importantly, Long tasted the postseason for the first time and seized the opportunity by winning a Super Bowl.