Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long appeared to announce his retirement from the NFL on Sunday.
In a Twitter post, the veteran said he was “stepping away and getting my body right” after concluding his seventh NFL season.
Some chicagoans are probably happy to hear I’m finally stepping away and getting my body right. Some Chicagoans may be sad to hear this. Either way ufeel about it, I want u to know how lucky I am to have spent time in your city. I became a man while playing in Chicago.Thank you
— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) January 6, 2020
Long has dealt with injuries for each of the last four seasons. In 2019, a hip injury limited him to just four games, and he hasn’t played more than 10 games in a season since 2015. While he’s vague about whether he’s stepping away briefly or quitting for good, it would be understandable for Long to get away from football and rest his body.
The 31-year-old has spent his entire career with the Bears. He had a club option for the 2020 season. While not always the most popular member of the Bears, he certainly showed his wit on Twitter and was a pretty reliable lineman for quite a while as well.
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