As the Bears first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Long has certainly made his strides early in the season. Long is the first rookie in Chicago Bears history to start a season opener at offensive guard in the Super Bowl era. The 24-yer-old rookie is already making a name for himself with the huge task of helping keep Bears quarterback Jay Cutler vertical, a problem the Bears have struggled with for years. While Long and the O-line still have their work cut out for them, Long has shown that he has what it takes and was recently named to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s list of top 20 rookies after three weeks of play.
Born into football royalty (his dad is former Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Howie Long and older brother Chris Long is a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams), it was evident that the team had high expectations from the younger Long. Coach Marc Trestman must have seen a high growth potential, as Long has played in all five games in the season so far.
Long’s famous name and rookie start aren’t the only reasons he has been on our radar. At 6’6″ and 313 lbs, Long is an athletic specimen, the type of body that provides the perfect cuddle buddy for those long cold winter months. We’d definitely want a big (pun intended) “bear” hug from him! Plus, he’s super devoted to his sport, and is willing to do just about anything to succeed: major turn-on.
Growing up in Ivy, Va., Long played football and baseball. He was named to USA Today’s 2007 All-American High School football team and led his high school to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior years. Long was also drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB draft, but instead accepted a baseball scholarship at Florida State. Long only lasted one semester there, and returned to football at Saddleback College in 2010 as a defensive end for his sophomore year. He recorded seven solo tackles there and switched to the offensive line his junior year.
It was at the University of Oregon, where he transferred to for his senior year, that he hit his mark. Though he was only there for one season, he started in eleven of twelve games on the offensive line, with five starts as a left guard. He also recorded six touchdown-resulting blocks and 36 knockdowns to help the Ducks lead the Pac-12 Conference. Despite knowing the risks that came with playing in the national league, it seems that Long knew he wanted to commit the rest of his life to football.
But it’s his sense of humor that’s really got us going. Active on Twitter (follow him at @Ky1eLong), Long often shows his affinity for Taylor Swift and his support of his brother. The two Longs will meet up when the Bears play the Rams on November 24th.
I believe I’m making up words… T swift does that to u
— kyle long (@Ky1eLong) September 19, 2013
Might he also have an interest in following his father’s footsteps as a football analyst? Kyle is somewhat of a natural on the camera. Check out Kyle’s interviews with his Oregon teammates from the 2013 Fiesta Bowl Media Day in the video below courtesy of Campus Insiders.
Get your double dose of Kyle Long this week as the Bears take on the New York Giants at Soldier Field on Thursday.