Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long announces retirement from NFL


Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) reacts on a defensive stop in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game. (Butch Dill/AP)

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long has announced his retirement from the NFL.

The two-time Super Bowl Champion wrote on Twitter saying that he is calling it a career after playing 11 seasons.

“Cheers,” Long wrote. “Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it. Highs and lows. I’ve seen them both and I appreciate the perspective. Gratitude and love to those who lifted me up.”

In 162 games, the 34-year-old recorded 251 tackles, 70 sacks and 15 forced fumbles in eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams franchise, one with the New England Patriots and his final two with the Eagles.

Long won his first Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016 then signed with the Eagles in 2017 where he would go on to win his second-straight championship.

The Rams originally drafted the California native second-overall in the 2008 draft out of Virginia. He was also awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2018 for his work with multiple charities.

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