Chad Pennington partially owes one of his Comeback Player of the Year awards to Long. The left tackle was one of Miami’s most reliable players after they made him the first-overall draft pick in 2008. He also made the Pro Bowl for his first four seasons in Florida as he lived up to his potential (via UPI).
Unfortunately, injuries took their toll and Long retired after nine seasons. Nobody can say that he didn’t put his body on the line because he took a lot of punishment. In the end, he played just 15 games in his last three seasons for different franchises. His legacy deserves better because he was a great talent.