Chris Long announces retirement on Twitter

The veteran defensive end steps away after two seasons and 11.5 sacks with the Eagles

Chris Long is one of the more active NFL players on Twitter, so it probably isn't a surprise that he used a tweet to announce his retirement.

The tweet said: “Cheers. 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.”

There as a picture of a hand (presumably belonging to Long) holding a red Solo cup in the air with mountains in the background.

Long, who turned 34 at the end of March, thought about retiring after last season after the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. It was Long’s second straight Super Bowl title, having won the year before as a member of the New England Patriots.

Long played in all 32 games since joining the Eagles as a free agent following the 2016 season. He had 11.5 sacks in those two seasons combined, including 6.5 last year, which was the third most on the team.

He played in 59 percent of the team's snaps last season, so this is a big loss for the Eagles.

The loss won't be felt only on the field. Inside the locker room, Long was a popular presence and one of the team's leaders.

The reigning Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner Long is also well known for his humanitarian and charity efforts.

A a former first-round draft pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2008, the second pick overall, out of the University of Virginia, Long spent eight seasons with the Rams before joining the Patriots for one year.

He was due a roster bonus of $1 million on May 1, but he and the team agreed to push that bonus back until the first day that veterans report to training camp this summer in order to give Long more time to contemplate his future.

By the looks of things on Twitter, Long has made that decision.

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ScottW
ScottW

I saw a stat that Long was 5th in the league in QB pressures last year. I thought he had a good year, but didn't realize it was that good. With Long and Bennett gone, there is a lot of production missing from last year. Hopefully the newcomers and youngsters can fill that void.

Eaglessb52champs
Eaglessb52champs

It was sad to hear this, as a fan. But happy for him. He will be missed in locker room and on the field, for sure, but his biggest impact has been his work with the community. What a great role model.