Chris was born into what can be called the sporting royalty, with both himself and his brother playing professional football and his father – Howie Long – inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Chris Long is an American football defensive player who plays for the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League (NFL).
He made it through the 2008 NFL Draft and has won two Super Bowl championships with two different teams in consecutive seasons. We’ll take a quick look at his biography and some members of his family.
Chris Long’s Bio
Chris was born March 28, 1985, in Santa Monica, California, and is the eldest of three sons of NFL Defensive End, Howie Long, and wife Diane Addonizio. His full birth name is Christopher Howard Long. During his high school years at St. Annes-Belfield School, he was a sporting pro. He played a variety of sports including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer. Soccer was the sport in which he excelled, helping his team win the 2003 UL School Championship, setting an unbeaten record. In that year Long produced 91 tackles and 15 bags. The following year he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
When it came time for college, Long began studying sociology at the University of Virginia and played college football for the school team from 2004 to 2007. His 2004 freshman year was not all glitz and glory on the field, as he missed a handful of games due to mononucleosis.
The following year, Long showed what he’s made off with an average of 3.8 tackles per game at the top of his team’s defense. He recorded 46 tackles and 2 sacks. Chris led his team because of the pressure from the quarterbacks and the joint lead in pass breakdowns.
The year 2006 was even better, Long was elected captain and had 57 tackles, 12 for a defeat along with 4 sacks. He was also honored with a few awards. The following year brought even more honors and he was nominated for a number of awards. Long failed to graduate, but his jersey number 91 was retired on November 24, 2007, in honor of his outstanding contributions to the university. Similarly, his high school jersey was withdrawn in his honor at St. Annes-Belfield School.
Long was the second draft in the 2008 NFL Draft to be drafted by the St. Louis Rams. During his time with the Rams, Long chose not to be suspected of being a starter but chose to fight for his place on the team. His ability to play in multiple positions was also a valuable asset to the team. After a long and rewarding time, both financially and on the field, Long left the Rams and signed a contract with the New England Patriots on May 18, 2016. His time with the Patriots led to his first NFL championship. He left the Patriots and signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 29, 2017. He then defeated his old team, the New England Patriots, to win his second NFL championship.
Philanthropy is a big part of Chris’ life. In May 2015, he established the Chris Long Foundation, whose mission is to raise funds to be used to build wells for communities in East Africa. In 2017, Long announced that he would donate his proceeds to charity for the 2017 NFL season. Long has a career income of $89.36 million, a figure that has accumulated over ten seasons.
Wife, Father, Brother
Long is married to Megan Long (née O’Malley). She is the daughter of Joseph L. O’Malley, who played baseball briefly in the 70s. Megan played lacrosse in high school and continued to do so when she began attending the University of Virginia. The couple married on June 22, 2013, in Charlottesville, Virginia. They had their first child together, a son, Waylon James, born in March 2016.
Long’s father, Howie, was an NFL player himself and also looks back on a stellar career. So much so that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000. He currently works as an analyst on the FOX foreplay show.
Chris Long is the older sibling of younger brothers Kyle Long and Howard Long Jr. Howard Jr. works as a scouting assistant and personal assistant for the Oakland Raiders. Kyle Long was the 20th choice in the 2013 NFL Draft for the Chicago Bears. He plays as an offensive lineman for the Bears.
Chris Long has a very impressive athletic physique, an intimidating frame that has been developed over years of hard athletic work. He stands at a height of 1.90 m (6 feet 3 inches) and weighs 122 kg (270 lbs).