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to answer yalls questions in regard to a number change, yes i am changing my number. for those of you with my old jersey, i appreciate that
Rams fans in 2011 seeing a blur coming off left end and plowing through the quarterback, wearing #91, might think they were watching a flashback to the glory days of Leonard Little. Or a photo negative. Nope. It's the new-look Chris Long, wearing a throwback to his college glory days.
Players change numbers all the time and it isn't usually newsworthy. For example, Laurent Robinson wore 11 when he first arrived with the Rams, but took over 19 after Derek Stanley was cut in that season's training camp. The change made the tiniest of ripples, but confirmed that Stanley wasn't coming back.
It's a different story when the player is one of the top-five jersey sellers for a team. Fans begin to attach a real significance to the digits, once they're worn on the backs of fellow fans. (I couldn't get an exact quote from an NFL Shop representative, but it's safe to say that Long's number is a distant third behind the fellows wearing #8 and #39.) Perhaps the biggest jersey number change of all time happened when Michael Jordan unretired, but refused to take his iconic #23 jersey down from the rafters, wearing 45 instead. Which Jordan jersey you wore became almost a political statement -- are you pining for the glory days or do you cheer his return?
That said, I kind of liked Long wearing the 72, lining up his legacy next to two of the franchise's all-time greats: Merlin Olsen's 74 and Deacon Jones' 75. Plus, thanks to Little's exploits on and off the field, his 91 still carries a bit of a political stigma among fans. There are many (though I am not one of them) that will refuse to ever forgive Little for his DUI manslaughter, and may have a harder time rooting for a number with this "history." (It's worth noting, though, that Long tweets that he got Little's blessing to take the number over.)
The 72 has no such stigma attached. indeed, it barely registers in the memory, before Long defined it. Its previous wearer, Adam Goldberg, gave it up easily enough when Long arrived. Before him, Milford Brown guarded it briefly. Chidi Ahanotu dressed it in blue and gold for a season. A tackle named Clarence Jones wore it for a couple of seasons spanning the move from LA to STL. Another named Robert Jenkins owned it from '87 to '93. He shows up statistically for one kickoff return for twelve yards in his rookie season. Safe to say that until Long wore it, the 72 was never feared.
However, for Long, the 91 is special. The University of Virginia retired the jersey after his Senior season, one in which he piled up accolades as quickly as tackles for loss. He put on some dominant performances with that jersey, and is clearly hoping to continue his upward surge through the NFL in his fourth season with the Rams.
The only pertinent question for Rams fans is: how quickly can I get a new Long jersey? The answer, frustratingly enough, is the same as every other question about the NFL right now: not until the owners and players untangle their CBA mess. NFL Properties cannot manufacture any new jerseys, any new promotional materials featuring active players, until a deal is done.
Just one more reason to root for something positive from this week's extended talks.
I have been able to watch Chris Long ever since his STAB days..then UVA...always thought he was level headed...I no longer find that to be the case.
The old saying, Water seeks its own level...seems to have happen again. Chris Long has sunk to a new low. Perhaps he was tired of being the goodie goddie guy, perhaps all the gay rumors were getting on his nerves, perhaps he got tired of living for Pops and Mama Long...perhaps he is like Kyle Long, has no clue how to act when one is on his own, away from hom.
Chris, St. Louis is ur home now. U r no longer in Ivy, Va 22945. u r away from all that u once knew as civil, gentlemenly, all that goes on at STAB, you should have learned always be true to yourself first. honour, valor, character, conscience, courage..that is what i got out of STAB...UVA as well. how did u miss all this?
You have changed Chris Long..and not for the better, ur not the man you were brought to the Rams to be, u have sunk to the lowest common denominator, you were hired to bring the guys up to a new level, politeness, kindness, to be aware of what they are suppose to stand for, to be, to be role models. My kids don't need a white guy defensive end, from the best prep school in Virginia, to look up to him full of tattoo's, sleeves as im told they are called.
WTF were u thinking? u wanna support service connected Veterans from any particulae war,,GREAT..but a tattoo on ur left shoulder /elbow is not going to do much to show support for the Vet who is on disablitly from a service connected disability
that needs a new van to haul his wheel chair around, or some mods on his house or apmt to have easier access to move around their place so everything is now level with the wheel chair.
I realize Grandpa Frank has other issues, not service connected, but somehow i can't see Grandpa Frank adding a clip of ur new tattoo to your scrap book he made for all of you. and how proud he'd be knowing u extended ur hand and check book to help a disabled vet in Mo, or C-ville..
the one thing ur absolutely correct on..is ..u r not ur Pops. u have a LONG way to go to get to his level. and as u know, ur Pops, had one of the hardest childhoods than anyone will ever know or imagine. I know the horrible sad story. I know how his heart breaks when he has to deal with the 'issues in FL' but he does, and so few people know that this is his cross.
I think ur Pops is right tho, when u don't have to work to get to where u want to be, the success is just not as dear, not as true. and not taking away ur amazing gift talent, u have it, u worked for all this..all those late nights at UVA football workout room.
u and ur headphones...btw..u still have Fergie "big girls don't cry" on ur ipod? that son, cracked me up.i get the joke, but few would. but im surprised that u have departed from the path that you were on ur Rookie year.
I don't doubt u won't get better and better as ur Pops explained it to me...when u reach the mid point, its the pinnacle of ur career...and then as u move along in ur career, u can't move like u once did, but ur skills now are so honed, u will play well, play smarter. ur Pops is an amazing man.
I hope ur still spending txt time with him every night. and I don't have to ask ur Pops what he thinks of ur tattoo...he will have the Howie Long no comment..which speaks volumes.
I hope u find some happiness along ur way soon. i hope u mature some time soon as well.
I chat with Austin Collie frequently, he is 25...married with two kids or is it four? either way, the light years of maturity in him vs you..is astounding in difference.
may you seek his level of being balanced, with character, conscience and courage to be your own man.
i get the feeling ur lonely, unhappy, and always needing attention. try this if that is the case, give someone else attention, like a service connected Veteran that u claim to be so in awe of their scarfice. just a thought.
continued good wishes for u buddy. i mean no harm at all. im just sadden to see u do this 180 turn in ur life.