Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long ‘stepping away’ from National Football League after seven seasons

Ruben Hill
January 6, 2020

Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long, one of the longest-tenured players on the team, tweeted out a few messages on Sunday evening indicating he'll be stepping away from the game to focus on his body and offered heartfelt thanks to the city.

"Some Chicagoans are probably happy to hear that I finally get out and get my body in order", Long wrote on Twitter. Either way ufeel (sic) about it, I want u to know how lucky I am to have spent time in your city. He returned to the starting line-up of the Bears against Oakland on October 6, but the team chose to place him on an injured reserve after losing to the Raiders. Long shared via social media that the team's equipment manager, Tony Medlin, allowed Long to take his helmet and shoulder pads.

After spending last offseason surgery-free, Long felt he was in the best shape of his life and was eager to return to the football field.

"We think the world of [Long]", Pace said on Tuesday. Kyle does have an option in his contract that we've got to look at. But Long made the decision for them. But I feel bad for all the injuries he's tried to overcome.

The former 2013 first-round draft pick brought stability and leadership to an offensive line that lacked both since center Olin Kreutz left in 2010.

"Special thanks to Phil Emery, Marc Trestman and the rest of that staff for bringing me in", Long wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to and happy birthday to the young lady named Virginia as well. Ryan pace (sic), thank you for keeping me around as well".

The Bears selected Long in the first round (No. 20 overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. He returned in time to start the Bears' first seven games the 2018 season before Chicago once again shut him down before his return in Week 17. He missed a game in the first three seasons in the league, but has only appeared in 30 regular season games in the past four years due to several injuries.

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