Eagles' Long appears to retire from NFL

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He was also renowned for his philanthropy off the field, and his support for team-mates protesting racial injustice during the politically-charged 2017 season.

He is a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Long finished his career with Philadelphia. He played his final two seasons with Philadelphia after joining the Eagles as a free agent. And, like many Patriots players, Long found team success in New England, helping the Patriots win a Super Bowl, a remarkable comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

This past year saw Long record 6.5 sacks as a member of the Eagles. He accomplished both with class and grace. He started the Chris Long Foundation in 2015, which helps raise funds for wells in East Africa.

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The former Virginia Cavalier played 11 seasons with the Rams, Patriots, and Eagles, before calling it quits.

"There's no question that his work ethic combined with his unique talent made him into one of the greatest of this era's professional athletes". Over a four-year span from 2010-13, Long was one of the elite edge rushers in the National Football League with 41.5 sacks. With Philly, Long found more team success, helping Philly's dominant defense secure a No. 1 seed in the NFC. More importantly, Long tasted the postseason for the first time and seized the opportunity by winning a Super Bowl.

The Eagles paid tribute to Long in a statement on Sunday. "He will always be part of the Eagles family".

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