March 28, 1985 (38)
Chris Long is a retired American football defensive end who had a stellar 11-year career in the NFL, playing for the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles.
Drafted by the St. Louis Rams as the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Chris Long quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the field. His performance over the years garnered him high praise, especially his 2011 season with the Rams, where he recorded 13 sacks. Later, he played a crucial role in the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI win over the Atlanta Falcons and was instrumental in the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory against the Patriots.
Throughout his career, Chris Long has collaborated with a myriad of influential people both on and off the field. Teammates like Tom Brady, Nick Foles, and Fletcher Cox have benefitted from Long’s athletic prowess, while his charitable endeavors have been amplified by connections with people like Malcolm Jenkins, Roger Goodell, and Doug Pederson. In addition to athletes and sports executives, he has interacted with entertainers like Ellen DeGeneres, who honored him on her show for his philanthropic efforts, and Jon Dorenbos, who brought a unique flair of magic to Long’s Waterboys charity event.
Chris Long has earned multiple distinctions that reflect his abilities and contributions to football. He received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2018 for his excellence on and off the field. Moreover, he was the recipient of the 2019 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic endeavors, notably the Waterboys Initiative aimed at providing clean water to East African communities.