A career that started with three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances has come to a conclusion. Chicago Bears offensive tackle Kyle Long announced on Sunday that he’s stepping away from the game.
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, 31, has played in a grand total of 30 games over the past four seasons. That included suiting up just four times during the 2019 campaign.
Given Long’s extensive injury history, Sunday’s news can’t be considered too surprising. Even so, it’s a shame to see the former first-round pick have to retire after just seven seasons in the NFL.