Drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft by the St. Louis Rams, defensive end Chris Long is entering his ninth season in the NFL. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Long is the first and only active University of Virginia football player to have his number retired, Long’s record in the NFL is also impressive, accumulating 54.5 career sacks (41.5 of them during a 4-year span from 2010-2013) during his career.
In 2015, Long founded The Chris Long Foundation with the purpose of creating a lasting and enduring outlet for the continuation of the charitable work he has been committed to throughout his eight seasons in the NFL. The Foundation’s signature initiative, Waterboys, mobilizes the NFL’s stars and fan base to provide clean water for communities in need in East Africa. Additionally the Foundation remains steadfast to Long’s passion to help military members, youth in need and the homeless.
Long was born in Santa Monica, Calif. into a football family. The son of Diane Long and Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL broadcaster Howie Long, Long grew up in Charlottesville, Va. along with his two brothers: Kyle, Pro Bowl guard for the Chicago Bears, and Howie Jr., Oakland Raiders player personnel executive. In 2013, he married his wife, Megan and the couple just welcomed their first son Waylon James. Long enjoys times outdoors, mastering the craft of creating miniature art, flying his drone, playing FIFA, and is a music enthusiast.
Recently, Long signed a 1 year contract with the New England Patriots.