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Chris Long

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Super Bowl Champion and Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner, Chris Long, joins the huddle. We talk Chris' favorite twitter accounts, his charity Waterboys, and a drinking game called "Cell Phone Roulette". See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

I am former NFL quarterback GUSPRA. Iplayed quarterback fifteen years in the NFL. This is my show called Huddl upwith Gus each week I team up with my longtime friend Dave Hager, and wetalked with guests about how sports shape their live. Pro Athletes,business executives, community leaders, everyone has a story to tell about SCO.We invite you to huddle up with gus this week in the Huddle Blorenafootball blue blood. This two time, wo Voll Champion, has established himselfwith distinction on and off the field. The second overall picked into twothousand an eight drafts he retired last month after eleven seasons in theNFL known as much for his philantropy as ha. Seventy career SAX. Hisgenerosity has helped people cross the globe a recently named Walter, PaytonNfl man of the year. Please welcome into the huddle my good friend ChrisLong Arig Dave. Today. Today we got a greatguest on very good friend of mine played N TNFL for ten eleven years. I'mnot sure it seems like forever, but just an a outstanding human WalterPeyton man of the year awardwinner just has been distant for every community that he'sever lived in he's tried to do something and be a part of it. So todaywe're going to have on my good friend Chris Long, and so I think we should have a really fun time with thisinterview and so welcome to the Huddle Chris, and we appreciate you coming onwith us today, thanks dude. What's up so you were bornin California. What do you? What do you remember about California, man? You know not much. It was the first eight yearsof my life, but you know I remember little things here and there I certainly remember the tail end of my dad's career, because the first five years I wasaround, I really didn't have any idea what was going on ar t thesignificance of it. I think in his last couple years I remember garting to realize that he didsomething pretty cool for a living. You know we'd go to like the Probo and weactually juked about this. The other day because I took whalin to ear cityto meet, to go to Isaac Bruces thing a couple days ago, and I I got a picture with whalen and IsaacBruse. I said Wailen you're going to want this picture down the line and Wain just like yeah, whatever three years old, a my dad laughed and he, like youknow I used to take youthe probal all the time and you meet people like BerrySanders and you have no idea who they work. So that was kind of how I consumemy dad's career. He he was just my dad and we were justyou know, living in Calli. You know and he played football for living, but Ihad no idea the significance of it and it wasn't really till the hall of fameand all that stuff that I started to get it. You know in the hall of fame by thatand I kind of understood, but first eight years of my life, it was, it wasa cool place to grow up. We grew up in in South Bay, Wer Donno Beach, and Imoved to Pallis Berdis for the last couple year. There's an my pop, justyou know, being from back east wanted to get us out of the West Coast said itwas going to be a tough place to raise kids therewas a turbulent time in inthe early Niny. So it was, it was the best thing everhappened to me. I Love Virginia it's home still for me. I live inCharlotesoll living at my parents house right now. So it's hard to get away.You know they're working on my house, so we are y family of four living withmy folks. So I'm definitely a homebody in Virginia's pom Fori Hout aretirement, an into your parents house yeah, it's a tough transition. I don't.I don't know to many guys that play eleven years in league and make enoughmoney for their own pad, but they move ino their parents house. When theyfinish I mean retirement can suck in some ways. It can be awesome in a lotof ways. I think part of it is just like you need to youknow you need to time it well, I thought about like hey: Should I retirein the spring? If I'm thinking about it because maybe I'll be happiest, thenlike I'll be most relaxed, I maybe shoule. I do it during campbecause then I'll be like yes, I, like I don't have to go to camp, shoulddoshuldi not do Itin the dead of summer, because I don't have much going on youstay busy. What I really shouldn't have done was retired right before I had tomove into my parents house, because this is made the transition crazy, butwe're having a good time- and you know my parents sa great great grandparentsnd. You know chasing wailing around and helping out with my six month old Luke,it's just I'm up late watching Games with my dad. I was up watching thefinals, the Blues Games with my dad. It's been fun honestly, you knowspacially, it's not like. You have your own house, but it is nice to like wakeup in the morning and go yeu breakfast. My Dad and my mom and and then watchgames with my dad and night, it's pretty cool. So do you still do like sowhen Gunner Gaye come home right, I'm always making them work in the ARD cut.The grass do something. I'm like you...

...guys got to do this you're coming homeand paying for college. You Got A do. Did Your Dad make you do any choresaround the house? Well, so I've been trying to like justvol, you know stuff as much as I can you know. Every night I go get a dinner yeah I offered to do yard workbese. Iactually like to do hard work. I, when I grew up my dad used to make me, Ithink, just in still like hard work used to make me do like pointless.yardwork tests like move the mulch over there like this giant, Mounda mulch andthen like it, had to go somewhere else like so it never really needed to goover there. So I I kind of didn't catch on at that point, but he was giving mepointless tasks just to get me to work, and you know he actually made me get ajob in masonry. When I was like fifteen and of course I I saveds up all that money to buy theugliest possible accessories from my half hundred and fifty possible, I mean,like every chrome, accessory chrome door, handles a brush guard. You KnowDul exhaust all that ugly crap. I had the big Ford sticker on the back withthe Lady Lang on the the Ford sticker I iohot baby, laying on forward sticerand so yeah. I mean, like my dad made me, do a lot of chores growing up, butit's kind of lightened up. Actually now I got to kind of twist their arm tomake me do anything. Their great host- and I feel kind of, like I'm stealingbeing around the house now growing up with two brothers had to be a very competitiveenvironment, probably got you into sports early yeah yeah, I mean it was and we were Encorruptedo plahtwe're encouraged to play like every sport. We could so I played four sportsin high school. My brothers played a bunch of sports and I think we were encouraged to findour own way. It wasn't just about football, a D and certainly we took to footballin our own different ways. You Know Calin the League now for eight or nineeight years, my brother howy working for the raiders,but the competition was was mostly between my younger brothers, Hawwi andKyle, because they were only year apart. You know, being iris twins or whatever you callit that certainly you know heighten the sense of like hey we're we're in thisbox hold together and we're going to be best friends, sometimes and we're goingto be enemies every other day. You know they wouldcome home from school and they were lumped up because they were fightingeach other or you know I had to break it up all the time like I was the olderbrother. I was you know a few years older than then then Kyle, so it wasn't like beingcowwer really in competition much and him, and how we're mostly fighting soso, who is the boss of the house, was hat your mom or was that your dad, whenyou guys got in trouble the boss of the house? Well, you know dad was certainly you know itwas feared, but but my mom, you know the one with the the nuclear code isthe one you got ta fear I mean because she's, the one who can you know whenhe's on the road when he was doing the Fox show or or whatever it was onephone call and and like it was almost worse. If my mom called and said Hey, these boys are running meragged like then, if we did something right in front of my dad, Chris was your mom athletic. You know she would say. Yes, she she plays tennis she's good attennis. What she is is she's, she's, real, competitive, she's, a really goodswimmer. My mom is very competitive,underratedly competitive and you know my dad gets a lot of credit for allthat, but I take after my mom as much as I take after my Dad d indpersonality. So you know she's been a big part of kindof shaping me as a person and a hathlete but yeah. She she won her like doubles grass theother day. So I should probably not that yeah. It youl probably like tohear that. I you have some when you were younggrowing up. We talked about your parents who were the coaches that madea big impact in your life. Oh Man, I could go from from the beginning up.You Know My Little League Baseball coach Chris Miller, who was a tremendous guy, taught me alot about hard work and teamwork. I was my first real serious commitment: LLELittle League Baseball. You know before that it's kind of you're committed but you'r pickingdaisies in the outfield. You know that sort of thing you turnd on it's likeokay, you're in the big leagues you get drafted to the Magitar Little Leaguehere in in Charlotesville Chris Milers, this legendary coach Hou coach, theelks. You know we were black and yellow. Wewere. We were like te Badass team and, and he was the Badass coach. You knowhe always had a lot of Livi Garre right...

...here and he was just he was just the type of guy that would try to teach kids about life andabout sports and any's a guy. That's still coaching there twenve years latergo coaching the Alps. What position were you on the OAT Seeng him once ortwice it took Walen to meet him last year, just a good man and then guys, likeSammy beal, who anybody from charlotesville would know who was abadting coach who I would go in his warehouse forhours and he would just pitch till his arm fell off and he threw the nicest BPI mean. I was just that guy that had the sweetest BP and- and he would he would literally debdawinner Kno heat in his in his in his warehoult down there downtown and hewas just throw to kids all day and we would teach about work ethic, and Ilearned a lot about repetition and work ethic through him and he passed awayabout a year ago, but really affected countless lives in the Charlevelle area. And then youknow high school coaches, John Blake, my football coach learned a lot from him. You know he's. Certainly somebody Istill keep in touch with Algro Algro to me is like a family member. You know he'sa guy who who really turned me into a man. You know when I got to college. Iwasn't necessarily man physically. I was a man but mentally. I hadn't fullydeveloped and he was somebody who took me to theBrinka of quitting and you know from there. It was one of those things where I had to make a decision. Am I a quitter, or can I push past that,and so I credit him for all that mental toughness. I needed through my career,so I had a bunch of coaches and, like I mentioned you at Working WorkingMasonery taught me a lot about hard work and Yeu. That was only one year, but if it weren't for my dad put me in theright leagues in the right situations, like hooking me up with Sammy Beale,you know sent. You know, counseling me to go to UBA, although that was mydecision. You know these people wouldn't have been in my life, so myfamily did a great job of surrounded me with people Chris we're going to moveon little more about your high school career at. I think they called stab. Isthat what they call it and yeah Sanans Bellfield, so whowas your best buddy atSaint Ann man. You know I got I'm lucky man, I've got a lot of them. I'v stillgot a lot of them, and that's where I love about you know home here I meanthere's a hundred great places to live, but for me home is home and that's kindof like. I know you feel the same way with Pittsburgh. You Know You love StLouis and St Louis. You guys were happy as hell there, but like home, justcalls you back and- and you know, Fo for me- I've had anopportunity to live in St Louis. I've had an opportunity to live in Boston.I've had an Obor Tue who live in Philly. All great season, they're own right,I've been around the world have been to La. You know, spent time there,training Miami man there's a ton of place. I could live, but I live herebecause of my friends, and you know that, and I think it's beautiful andit's just where I grew up Chris. How would you describe yourself in highschool, like I know, you're a multisport star most likely, but likebig man, O campus? What like you have other interest? What what was your?What was Chris Long like in high school? I was just same way. I am now just ayou know, a little bit different Mars sould be to my own drummer and just I think I was a good kid, but Icertainly wasn't mature. I mean I was probably more mature than other CAS ina lot of ways, but you know I had a lot to learn about.You know hard work about focus, you know and a lot of growing up to doyou know. So I think you know when you look backat yourself, whether you're in high school or or college or your early ies,and you know not to digress too much, but I just feel like You'e, never afinished product, and when I look back at myself in high school or all thosestages, you're like man, I've grown a lot and- and I think that's what'spretty cool and I think, even into your thesyou're still growing, up and andI'll look back at myself, hopefully five years from now and be like whatthe hell was I doing or like you know, there's certain things that that I can improve that all the timeand and high school Itd just shows you yo how far you come, but I was I was aI like to play. Pranks the same way I did in in St Louis. You know youprobably heard we used to like to play a bunch of prank. You know we would this probably pissed a lot of peopleoff we, you know we we would egg, we my buddies. We Dag each other's houses andpainto ball each other's cars up and you know all sorts of shenanigans thatprobably wasn't so funny to the parents of those kids and vice versa. But wewere always you know just playing Plang, pranks and and having fun and- and Ilike to in high school the same thing I...

...like do now, hang out with my buddiesand N and stay active and play ports. So Y, U you would hang out with yourbuddies. I would do the same thing in high school we'LD. All hang out, we'dhave a lot of fun, but you cross that white line like that was one thing thatI always learned fror my dad. You Cross that white line. It doesn't matter whatyou're doing before you go out and play and you play hard and n I've alwaysdone that er, you kind of like that too yea yeah. I mean like for me my dad. MyDad's whole thing was whatever you do. I don't care if you'rea football player, I don't care. If you're you know firefighter, I don'tcare if you're, whatever you do for a living, you you take pride in it, and that wassomething for me that you take pride in your work and I took Prid of my workand everything I did and and and looking back on it. There was one thing:Even Paintballn, Carler Huh, even paintball, ing cars, yeah even PAP oncars. We went all out, I mean ike literally went all out like I probablyshouldn't, go all the way into it, but we had some pretty spectacular,paintball battles that probably spilled over into areas that they shouldn'thave spilled over into. But you know we. I had a lot to learn about focus, butyou know maybe I missed boke earlier. I knew I got hard work pretty early. Igot what it was like to grind grinded out early. You know I was three sportathlete. You know I was after every basketball practice. I hada weight weight program. I was in the wagroom till nine at night training forfootball and it's the winter. You know so. I was on a college type schedule. You know in baseball. I would takebatting practice as much S. I could you know football. I was. I was obsessedwith. You know my craft and, and you know I took pride in never missinggames. I took pride and all that stuff lik. You know. I think I understoodwhat it was, what it was all about to work hard pretty early, but I didn't have a lot of adversity. Imean I had adversity. I had doubters you're always going to have that. Ithink that's kind of the sexy thing now say I had adversity. I had doubters andeverybody did. I mean I had people that listen. I had people that, because ofwho my pops was or because I went to a private school and all the publicschool football circles and everything it was, you know he's on getting ascholarship because of his dad he's only all state, because his dad, likeanything, I did, was hey it's because of your pop. So I mean those that wasmy adversity. I had a lot of people. Doubt me there and I wasn't. I wasn'tnecessarily a great player right off the Bat. I was actually a bad footballplayer until you know nine tenth grade, and so I mean my ninth grade year. Wewere in the state champion, Ani and play Lak, I mean so it wasn't like. Iwas Jus Stud right off the bat, so I had to work and grind that out and andthat that was kind of what I was like and yeah I mean I idn't, Take Shit fromanybody. I mean you know and I played football or whatever I was doing. You know we were liable to throw down.I mean it was just like that was what competing was and, and itwasn't just football I mean there- were there were a bunch of sports. I learneda lot from you know: Playing Baseball playing travel, baseball, going andgetting humbled by these country dudes out here in Virginia Yeah. That wasjust ik your ass and they were a lot tougher than you. They have mustashesearlier than you, and I mean you that's what Planin a bunchof sports is all about. I mean it's encountering different. You knowdifferent people that you wouldn't play with that your private school or or inyour circle, who was the first college that started recruiting you? WAS ITVirginia? Well, I remember I got a couple of my first letters andI thought they were a huge deal like just a letter. I had a letter from likethe cow bears and it was like one of my first onesthat I remember like just kind of freaking out and actually opened it. I remember I wasdown at Tho Shell station below my high school and I was getting some BC powder.Remember: BC Powder Wat, Kee, oer powder, it's that it's like it's like advilt powder, Adville, okay,just put in your water. It's total, like it's total, like constructionworker, like you know like get through your day. Yes, that's all I was working.I was taking BC powder in high school, but I was going down to the shellstation to get my BC powder and- and I sat there on the in the parking lot andI read my letter and I was like Hoy Shit. I got a shot here. Like I didn'tknow, I was this good. I didn't know the letter. Wasn't a big deal. It was abigger deal. Probably back then. Nowadays, it's like you know. Anylittle thing is like you know your a hall of Famer if you getrecruited at all nowadays with these kids, but I was excited it kind of empowered meand- and I thought okay, I got a shot at this thing and and Virginia gave e.my first offer, but I kind of made up my mind that I wanted to stay home andwhen Virginia offered me my junior year it was Virginia UNC or Virginia Tack.In My head Florida State, I used to...

...love watching them on TV, but they just didn't. I didn't look likeI'd fit skhene wise there and I was getting told I wasn't athletic enough,so I chose Virginia and Algro gave myfirst offfer and- and I just took it because part of it as I didn'tunderstand, the whole process and part of it was like this is where I want to go. Why gothrough the process right? This is homome for me and thiis. What I wantand- and I don't regret it- you know- things worked out DIS. Your did yourmom save all your clippings and everything yeah. I got a good bit of stuff she'seven doing it now like. I walked in the house, and I saw like she's got,there's a newspaper of me like in the local newspaper about retirement likethis sad. The third sit now, but I was like you know back when she wasdoing it. I kind of understood it, but I definitely understand it now how it's funny, because my dad has all hisstuff and it's not. He pulled it out and shows she hoes me his clippings,but like it's good that he has him, you know it's one of those things. It's notlike. You prayed them around, but it's good. You have them and the one thing I'm excited about keepingafter football as all those jerseys. I got to tray with guys, and you know the newspaper articles, that'scool, but that's that's a sign of media respectwhich that's one thing, but you know respect from your peers. That's that'sthe the kind of stuff that I'm definitely going to cherish. How manyjerseys do you have man? I probably have over twenty? Imean I probably got twenty five of them who's, your favorite, which one like doyou cherish the most man? You know my last couple years whend. Irealized t that I was maybe not trying to play a lot longer. I was trading a lot and you know my first favorite one at I gotin St Louis was Justin Smith, that was in probably two thousand nd Leven andtwo thousand and twelve, and then lately I really love. I got a Marsha NLynch Jersey, like Ot, my beest mode after we played them in Philly, I'mlike a ten degree night and he was just running hard as shit still, we wont like Thirteen a seven. I GOT HIS JERSEY. I got you know myMichael Bennett. I've got my Fletcher Cock Ike, my Aaron Donald. I got someof the the Best Robert Quinn, William pay, some of the best te Linman I playwith, but you know lately I think a Marsthal n Lynch was a real cool Jerseyto have and the Justin Smith early on Chris, wewent through you kind of your youth, a little bit going on to college now, your first years, a at college.Obviously it's kind of home for you, but hon those that first season offootball. What did you learn from that? FIRST SEASON OF FOOTBALL AT UVA? Well,Youve Yeah learned about. I was never arrogant at all, but, but you know, college is going tohumble you. You know. If you have any humbling tobe done, you know howlege footballis going to do it. I don't know aboutnowadays. I don't know what it's like now, but going to play for how grow, who falls from that parcels.Bellochectry that whole thing learning the three four playing of foreye in you know, inside eye of the tackle,rather than rushing the edge here, I was in high school just gettingready to start learning how to really betechnical as a past rester in high school you're getting by on athleticismand hard work. You know when you get to college you're honing your craft alittle bit and switching positions to me was like it was crazy and my first two years. I don't think anybody else saw it sawme as struggling, but I thought I was struggling because I was out of scheme and I was learning a new thing andfrankly it was just really hard and yeah. I almost transferred my sophomore year. I think it was I I looked at some other schools and I was on the cust of kind of, but Ididn't have the ball to do it honestly. It was just like in my heart of hearts. I wanted to doit, but I was like it seemed disloyal. I just didn't want to do it and it wasall scheme driven for me. It was like you know it's this playing, you know,read technique inside eye the the tackle it's stunning, my development and,honestly, I'm not having fun and- and I was really glad I stuck it out becausemy junor year...

...spring game, I came out and kind of setit on fire a little bit and people were like Damn Dude. You got a lot betterand had a bunch of sacks and- and I startedto feel good and and and just from there it was. I felt a lot better about it and heandcoach grow became like he really leaned on me as a leader and that kind of being on the cusofquitting or doing something else. tought me a lot because I didn't havethat in high school. I mean that was the adversity I didn't have hit Chris. How would you describe Game Day in the ACC we hear about theSEC at noon? Bu? What was e ACC football like you, can hear, stray fan here or there.You know you'd watch a Duke UNC game. You Watch Virginia play. I mean we listen TATVirginia. We had a rock in at Scott Stad and we'd pack, a stadium full ofsixty thousand people. In those years we had eight nine ten wins whatever you know, but it depended on the stadium. YouKnow Virginia Tech, Lane Stadium as crazy as almost any SEC atmosphereand, in my opinion, uncs going to be more chille due I's,going to be way more chilled. Duke you had to walk like half a mile to get tothe stadium from your locker room. It you know before the renovation itwasn't anything to speak of. Marylyn was like a city. You know atmospherewhich s a little different yeah I mean it depended on the school. We had acouple outliers like an FSU or a Virginia Tech that were like sec andthen some and then there's Clemson, which I never played down at deathvalley, but most of the other schools are kind of you're going to get yournoon. Games your speradic attendance Virginia that we had a rock ind, prettygood ciuse you mentioned algro is a biginfluence in your life, who was a non football influence, whileyou were in college other than other than than alcohol other than the bill more Goin to thebellmore on on Thursday nights for twor pictures, man acall, I don't know I was TuesdayTuesday to o pictures, I would say just Mi, not in football. Imean non coaches. I just spent all day in the Fox holeman with my teammates, so my teammates for big influences on me.I mean they were, but I live with. You know having tolive with different people. You know you grow up your whole life living withjust your family. You know your mom cooking breakfast. You know you, youleave some laundry on the couch. It's not a big deal right. Actually was bena big donolog either because we were we were slobs, but you know living with different peoplefrom different cultures. You know having to go through adversitywith your friends holding each other accountable. That'sa different accountability than a coach is that Avven, teammateor, roommate orbrother kind of put you in Checker. You do vice versa, that that that shaves mea lot yeah hey! I know e gaming is big. Now what was the game that you guys allplayed? If you had a bunch of roommates and teammates, there was something youwere playing back in college that you guys got a from competed everything wedid. We play Xbox, it was like people were getting ready to fight each other.If we played fight night on on Xbox like and you knocked somebody out, itwas like it was like we might be out in theparking lot. You know I right we play, you know NBA Twok. We play all thatstuff. We just did everything together and that's what I think people missabout the game now. Did you meet your wife in College Yeah? I met my wife incollege. She she played Lacrosse at Uva and we dated on and off through thefirst couple years she's as stubborn as me. So we definitely we definitely tested each other andthen did she ever play Edward Orty hands. She never played over forty hands, butshe could drink heady light. So we had, we had listen. We had we had agood respect for each other's schedules. You know her going through. You know,college, Athletics and and me at the same time, so it worked out well thatway, and I think that really helped us understand each other as we got out ofschool- and you know the big sacrifice of you know moving to St Louis with nofriends there, nothing taking a job there and then obviouslyworking at boroughs where you knew meg from gussn. You know coaching their great lacrofse coach,really good with kids and built a lacross company from thegroundup and want to stay title at...

...burrous and like listen, the onlyperson that screwed that up was me. I mean you know the fact that we didn'tstay in St Louis for the off season. Every year we both wanted to get backVirginia some. You know kind of got away that stuffand then then kids and moving to different teams, but listen, I'm prettysure. If she wanted to. You know, pick up the clip board today she could coachjust about anywhere and- and obviously you know, helps to havesomebody at this stage that you've known since college yeah, she's a she's. Definitely awonderful coach, the girls absolutely loved her. My daughter was a goalie forher and her experience were because she won a national champonship, but YouvaIdnd. She yeah not well. No. She was in the final for a few tinnel, for shewould get mad at me. If I said you won the national championship right becauseshe used to get they got in in a few times, and I just remember shecomplaining about losing in the final for a couple F years and I'm like dudeat least you're in the final foor, like we ere struggling to get to the Minakey car care bowl. Here but yeah I mean they got a greatprogram and- and they were you know really somesome cool girls mman that she play with and still keeps in touch with a lot ofthem. He's Super Competitive Right, very competitive, almost more competitive than me in a lot ofways, because she competes at stupid stuff,where I can kind of like I'm not that person that, like you hear about cerainathletes of like you know, for playing they'll, you know they'll, they won'tlet kid win in like playing horse like that's not me, my wife Yeah. She might beat our kidand horse. I mean she like listen. We used to like play tennis to mess aroundlike She's picking up tennis, and I would just sky the ball in the pairjust to piss her off, like just kind of just sky it. I wouldn't, because Ican't hit it straight and it really threw her off and I was beating her intennis and I'm not very good. I'm not claiming to be good, but she would thorhim off the court like, and we would be in an argument for day because she wasmad about tennis and she's. Just a competitor man he's just it's just kindof is what it is. GIVVER play your mom and tennis. No because she'd actuallybeat me, I mean, and it's all about matchup, because, like Megcan, my wifecan be my mom. My Mom can bee my wife, but I can't beat my mom. I don't thinkI mean she's just more technical or megs like more relyant on athleticismand grit, but you could beat your dad. Yeacan, probably be my dad, but he'spretty good my dad's one of those guys that can pick up any sport and likejust kind of like kind of my brother Kyle, where, like anything they touch justturns to gold. Like my dad can pick up a golf club hit it straight threehundred yards, you know probably play badminton at elite level. I like justanything he does and my brother's the same way me. I got to grind it out a little bitmore Chris. Let's go through some of your pro career. Now you get drafted bythe rams. We know that probably was really emotional for you, but you alsoknow you're going to the rams how d you feel about that. You put it right, I mean like listen. Inever thought of getting drafted as an accomplishment, maybe for me because my dad's done everything. I'vedone it kind of always kept me in a mind state of like you haven'taccomplished anything, and so I think that was a blessing because I needed that mindset. When Igot to Sat Louis, I needed to go in there with a clear head and you know I knew that you know my junor year I sent in my mydraft grade and it came back a low first roundgrade high second and I was advised to leave, but I said you know I'd really like tostay. I think. Not only can I improve my draft tock, but I want to finish with my teammates and in some ways it was the best decision Iever made in some ways is the worst decision I ever made because financially in the old CVA, if you weara top five draft pick your set, and so in a lot of ways. That was great and I did I had a great senior year. Iproved a lot of people wrong. I had fourteen Sak or whatever you know itwas up for a lot of wards and my draft stock climbed, and I knew I was goingto be a five top five pick. But what happens when Youre top five pick? IsYou You'e Goingto, a bad team and thepressure is going to be higher and you know for a past Russer the trade off to getting paid all thatmoney is you're, probably going to be on a teamthat doesn't have a lot of leads and doesn't have a lot of pieces around.You and people are going to want you to be a double Diigou guy every year andit's just not realistic. reatly. On,...

...depending in the God, there's some,let's not, I always thought ot myself as more inder, not a generationaltalent, type guy mean you look at a guy. Like von Miller, I mean von Milla, youput him anywhere he's going to go, get thirteen. You know, I'm a guy that youknow I'm going to be up around that doubledigit number, but it's hard and it took two years honestly to learn from thethree four back to the four three. I talked about switching a three four incollege, so switching to the four three man we were not very good. There wasn'ta lot of time to get home and there weren't a lot of opportunities. andhonestly, I was just kind of swimming. My first year ended up. You know had afollid first year you know had four five sacks and then the second year there was a lot of adversity for mebecause you now you're expecting people to pick that leap in the second year orthird year, usually with with past resters. I always think third, butnobody's going to wait that long when you're a top top TIK through eight games. I had no sacks andyou know what people start doing. They start using that B word and they. You know it's four lettersand- and they say you know this guy e's not going to pan out he's just kind ofhe's just going to be all right, but he's not, and men like, I was close to kind ofnot givin up, but I was like well. Maybe I am like. Maybe I'm not thatgood and then the second half of the year. Ihad five six sacks. I fiished my second year, I think with five and they allcame o T. second half. So an a game run with that with those type of numbersare good and then in my third year really took a big lead. You know wasone of the you know the best pressure guys in the League and had you know,eight and a half and really on another bad team. So and then from there just kept. You know,through my prime there in St Louis it kept building up and that eight and ahalf year soar a four year span. I had forty etalforty one, I think so. averagant ten over for for four years was a greatstretch for me Sant Louis. We never got over the Hump that took me through the the Steve Spagnolera, the Jym HaslitInneramera, the Lena Hanera and then after spags was Jeff Fisher. Who gave me that big contract and and and made me enjoy football againhonestly, because he was such a fun coach to play for brought in like theright type of guys. We just couldn't get it right offensively and, as youknow, if you got a franchise quarterback who you can't can't keephealthy, you can't keep Hem Upright. You Know Sam blew his knee out a coupletimes that that year he blew his knee out against Cleveland and the preseason.I think that year we had a chance to be a ten win team and Gett in the playoffs tell us about the transition to NewEngland phone rings and it's Brendan Dailey, who used to who used to coach me in St Louis andhe's like you know. You should think about New England. I'm like yeah I'l,think about he's like all right. Well just stay tune, so I'm in the grocery store. You know, picking up, groceries and allof a sudden phone rings, and I'm like hello. It's like hello, Chris, I'm likeyeah, I'm like whor's. This, like it's bill, Bell check and I'm like. Oh, yes,sir, let me get to the front of the grocery store where there's? UReception, sir, so I get to the front and you know I'mkind of like yeah, I'm interested in coming up for visitn whatever and I'mlike he's like listen, I don't have a role for you. I don't know what that isCimatically, because obviously they run a different scheme hes like, but I feellike if we can work this out. This is something that we don't need to specifywhat you're going to be doing or how much like we'll find something. I waslike all right: cool ss I goup and visit and and then so, who called you from Philly. I call Philly. I had a buddy thatworked there and I was like you know what like I'd like to play there. Ifyou guys l be interested in my buddy EAN Cunningham brought it to Howy Rosemen, who I'm certain didn't, think much of me. You know, and they kind of bet he doesknow bad minimum kind of deal under the likeunder the guys of Hey. We don't have much money, but in a year I promisedwe'll do right by you. If you, if you play well and sign there, don't think they. I reallydon't think they had a lot of respect for me as an organization when I signedthere and that's fine, you know I think they thought I was out of gas right,but that that motivated me- and you know I love being great yeah and being a great two years andhonestly, if I had never played in Philly, I don't think my career wouldfeel as satisfied as if I walked off the field in Houston for Super Bowl.

Fifty did you know that Aaron doal wasgoing to be as good as he is. Oh Yeah Yeah. I would like to credit myselfwoild being the first person to know he was going to be amazing and if you askhim he'll tell you I mean like when he got to snt Louis. It was very clear he was going to bespecial. I think we used to joke rookie hisrookie camp that he was going to be in the hall of fame, but I kind of wasn'tjoking and I've never seen anybody work so hard to had so much talent and playso violent and play with such tenacity. You know this guy would would fight you on the field drop, thehat and- and I respect that about him and out works everybody. I would be thelast person in the filmroom usually at the end of camp, and I would go in there and watch tapeonce everybody was at home and I started going in there andopening the door and turn the lights on to find my pen or my notebook, and hewas in there every night. Well, Hey Chris W. We in Pittsburgh like to thinkthat's the Pittsburgh Ain Him all that you just is yeah. Well, I do I will saythis. I talked to a lot of guys about this. You know from avontamatics to you know air into any of the guys Iplay with from pit honestly in their own ways. They just have a great edge to them, a good confidence, a good edge, very competent right off the bat proready, hard working and not to recruit for pit, but I mean these guys are consistentlygreat pros. Well, it's funny, because Guss- and I were just talking aboutthis- my brotherinlaw played defensive. An to pit in the MIDAHINDES, they wereterrible teams, but they had a disproportional amount of guys thatended up making the league yeah, not necessarily stars, but they a lot ofguys from you know one and ten teams, or whatever ended up playing an Afalfor a few years. You know it's just it's unusual amount for a team that badyeah, I don't know what it is, but there's certainly a toughness in thewater up there with with ealls teams. You know whether their pro sports teamsor obviously college team, so and and forad being a Pittsburgh Guy. You know grew up there too, he's very proud ofit, and- and I think that's pretty cool man he's a guy. Whot doesn't forgetwhere he comes from and- and you know he's a guy that you know he's the bestfootball player in the world. My opinion, what at's so you've been through. All this you goto Philly, you went a championship, Newenglan Wen a championship, some badyears in Ela in St Louis, but there'ssomething at always kind of I felt like you brought to every city is: is yourwillingness to do charity and to put yourself out there for the for thebetterment of people and the community? So where did that come from whe're? Youknow because your foundation, Chris Chris Long Foundation, Water Boy, totorg, so many things yeah for me it has to do with. I don'tlike wasting time and I'm constantly on the move. I feel like I'm busier now inretirement than it was when I play, but I'm not going to let myself not be busyand not be productive and listen to the thing about football is,and I learn this is you can work as hard as you want? You know hard work pays off in the prose or in life. I don't thinkthatat's necessarily true. I think hard work gives you a chance, and you know I saw a lot of playersthat worked their ATS ofl for years and didn't get any payoff. A guy like JamesHall, who never got to you, know be on a winning team. Who was a mentor ofmind. You know guys like that, so I never on the field. You can prepareyour ass oftr. You have a bad game. You could work hard as a team. You couldstill suck. If you have the means and you have the platform off the field, your work is going to turn intoproductivity, one way or another what you put into it. You get out of it,and so I think that's a beautiful thing about the work we can do as players is. You know we walk off the field whereit's really hard to get. What O get out, what you put in, that's, not aguarantee, and you walk into our communities that support us and if you put in the work you're going toget something out of it, I'm not saying you you're going to get productivityout of it. That's going to better the community, and I just think for me,like my mom who's on the board of the boys and Girls Club and my dad was aboys and girls club kin didn't have what I have growing up and he gave me that throughfootball you know, I can't forget, you know what that was for my bette generationago and I don't want to act like I...

...don't care about people that don't livelike me, so I just love people. I love our fans, I love the communitieswe played in nd and so for me, we've been given a lot. I itd be a waste of acareer, not to give back, I mean, I think, it's fair to say tenyears from now, Chris could be remembered as much for his offefieldgenerosity and effort as he was on the field. Well,unfortunately, I think it's already happened now, Chris, I think one of the bestthings we had our first show that we did was with Reberna, Clemeni juniorand so Roberta comenne junior talked about how he lost his identity, becausewhen people met him, they thought they were meeting his dad, and so he reallyhad a hard time finding himself- and I was just telling Dave and and my wifethe other day that what you've done that is so remarkableis that you've made a name for yourself, a lot of people who would have the dadhow elong would say. Oh your howy lons kid you know, but now it's all yourCris Oland, your dad was a good football player and you've done anexcellent job of making a name for yourself not only on the field but offthe field. I think that's so powerful and it speaks to who you are and not tokind of what your name is yeah. Well, I appreciate it. I want to do all thisstuff. Like listen, we donated our. I donate my salary that blew up, but the reason we did it was to engage fans.I get a little uncomfortable with you know. Some of the attention we getfor what we do is a foundation, because this is the bare minimum. I mean liketo me. This is this is what you do if you're proathlete, somehow you do something to help people yeah, and I think it's soimportant. What you're doing I know you talked about getting attention, butthat's what it's all about being a pro football players is having thatplatform grabbing thaat attention so that you can create whatever it is. Youneed whether it's you raising funds or or bringing attention to somewhere inAfrica that that needs a well because people don't have water and and they'renot going to live if they don't and it's so imporanactly yeah I mean, and that a lot of thatjust stems from just opening your horizons and beinglike. You know. I want to see outside my own bubble and that's what'. That'swhat made me go to Tanzania the first time and I went with James Hall. Wetalked about earlier, I talked to him into climb, Ang kill mmanjara with me,and you know kind of from there. I kind of fell in love with the place,and it was at that same time I was trying to start my foundation and, I said: Hey here's a real, efficientway to change the world through clean water and sixty one wells later. Ithink weve served two hundred twenty five tousand people in East Africa weremoving into. Kenya were moving into some domestic projects. We are transitioning into and the NBAwe've already transitioned into that Malcolm Brogden has started his versuwater boys called hoops too so we're moving along, and I think it all startsby just opening your horizons and saying Hey. I want to do more than justbe a football player. If you let football define you, that's all you'regoing to be Chris. We do this. This is our last episode, our last part of theshow it's called no hotdo. We pepper you with a bunch of questions. Justgive us your answers as quick as you can and if you're too slow with throwflag and when we edit it and it's a lot of fun so dave usually starts with thequestions: Hey Chriis, if you could trade places with anyone in the worldfor one day who would that be ky Leonard, that's a good on my man. My man is abeast on the basketball court. Yeah Dude. He lives in Toronto, wit yeahyou'd, like that Echris who's, the biggest nonsportscelebrity in your phone, probably Jeff Amet. I mean like he's, not a bigcelebrity, but he's my favorite nons. I've got some. I've got some cool ones,but he's base guitar for Pral Jam. Oh yeah that'd be a good one. I knowyou're a huge music guy and you go to Bono whoever year right, yeah, but maybe not this year. Sad uhoh, my breaking tradition, now, Life Scot. In a way, what's the lastconcept you've been to who the last show I've been to? That'sthat's going to be I'll. Tell you the next one I'm goingto probably is my morning: Ackadin red rocks in August who's, your favoriteperson, you follow on twitter man, Pft commenter. Probably...

I like Rob Delani a lot. You know I need a little. I need alittle laugh on twitter, I mean nowadays I mean so I prefer funnyfollow so Dave and I our favorite, is blocker charge. Do you follow that oneo like that? I, like that e h yeah? Did you see where the lady was spinningunder the helicopter? Unbelievable? I was know my mom that last night I wasHar not to laugh because she's, okay, the chairlift one yesterday, wasUnbeliev. I did't see that was your lift out of control. That's the one!That's the one! I saw that one dave he's excited about yeah. No, thatwas yeah that was unbelieve ther's people at the beginning, getting flungoff, and then everyone just bailing out as its watch that one too okay yeah. Isaw that one too yeah, all right. So, what's the mostmemorable sporting event, you've ever been to that you didn't play in Virginia Basketball NationalChampionship this year, Oh yeah, you were loving it weren't,you that's pretty cool, it's pretty cool me and my buddies. We went heath,Miller, Pittsburgh, we went and me and he got on spol straight on the cover.We were in the background here and actually, I think, he's Faceis kind ofblocked, but that building's been good to me. You Know Virginia Basketball andwe beat the Patriots and that building with the Eagles Nice yeah that that'sreally good youhave, a pet peeve yeah have a ton of pet peeves. I don'tlike nosy people, I don't like people that don't wave when they walk acrossthe crosswalk. I don't like when waiters come and dropyour bill off. I don't like that. Eny Time to put thecard in there. I don't like when people will call- and they don't say who it is.I don't like repeat calls. I got a ton of a man like so I know you're a big sports nut.What's your favorite MLB team, so I guess it's the Phillies by default,all right that that's been that's the least of the Leagus that I'm interestedin, but I'm going no adopt the phillies all right, favorite, NBA team, NickDaing time next tin, yeah at's, the longest I've been a fan of anything howabout hockey the blues. So I picked that up in St Louis. So it's a reallygood time to be a blues fan what who's your favorite Golfer, my favorite Golfer. You know I'm tryingto get into it. I got to take some lessons and you know I'm kind of likeanybody else. I like to see Tiger do well because it's obviously good forthe sport, but bobbl bubble, Watson seems cool. IsHe cool guy? You think I think Bubba seems pretty cool. I think he might beable to outdrink you. If you did Edward Forty hands with Buffe Waon, Hey,listen! I might Bei know I've been known lately for some other comments,but but I can still drink just about anybody on table, including you Gussie, all right. So last one college baseball or college softballcollege softball, so I just I was just talking about this, my dad and I were sitting therewatching it the other night and we're just like wow I mean like: Where hasthis sport been? It's obviously been there but like. Where has it been in my sports fandom? Because it is fastpaced, it's exciting you got home, runs on the regular. These girl, like take your throws, how you know thepitching. How do you control that ball? How do you see that ball? That fast Imean the other night. I mean they down to their last strike, Oklahoma, forcees bottom of the seven and they lose thin,the bottom of of seventh, but I mean it was just unbelievable. Every time youturn it on Strama, no Chris, I tried selling gusts on women softball all thetime I went to university Arizona, so Sso Realy Blood of college softballyeah, but I tell thim about the reaction timefrom Picher to batter is faster than Major League baseball. Oh Yeah, it'sinsane and then the reaction time of turning you know and out I mean youknow, Grandba a second doest. It's never a sure thing. I mean y. Thesegirls are really scooting down theline and the Ballis. Tough and listen I mean defense is in alittle bit and, and these girls are, are just hammering the ball out of thepark and it's awesome hey. We appreciate you coming on we're going todo some PROMOS and I'll. Let you know when you're going to be on when you'regoing to air, and hopefully you reshare us on social media and and give ashotout to Hud, UF, wit, Gustin and I'll. Let you no. I prefer me on I'll, see up in Pittsburgh.Sometime.

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