Very few people who have trained all their lives to become athletes turn down a lucrative contract from a large team. Kyle Long is obviously one of those who do. The Virginia-born athlete is a guard representing the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Long would have gone pro a lot sooner but in a different sport. In 2008, the Chicago White Sox called the MLB, but the athlete would turn it down in favor of a college education and a college football career at Florida State University.
Kyle was eventually drafted into the NFL after being selected by the Chicago Bears in this year’s NFL Draft.
Kyle Long Bio
Kyle was born in Ivy, Virginia on December 5, 1988, and played both soccer and baseball in his high school days. In 2008, he participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. His baseball efforts in high school and shortly thereafter put him on the radar of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the team in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Round of the MLB Draft. It seems, however, that they entered the party too late, as Kyle Long had already made a commitment to Florida State University earlier. He then turned down the professional baseball team and went to Florida.
Long’s time in Florida was far from long. He left the institution in January 2009 and enrolled at Saddleback College the following year. Here he continued to play football, playing on the defensive in the first year of his studies and moving to the offensive in 2011. Again, Kyle changed allegiance and moved to the University of Oregon, where he played for the Oregon Ducks in the 2012 season and was denied admission to college by the NCAA for another year.
Kyle Long began breaking NFL records from the day he was drafted. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round after being the 20th overall draft pick. Since he was drafted as a guard, he was the first guard since Roger Davis in the 1960s to be selected by the Bears in the first round. He was also the last of the 2013 Chicago selection to put his contract on paper with a pen.
Long was not much involved in the team due to league rules that prohibited him from participating in the team’s mini-camp for rookies. However, he started in the team’s opening game, setting another record as the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to start as the Bears’ right guard on opening day.
His efforts throughout the campaign were rewarded with a place on the respective Pro Football Focus’ and NFL.com all-rookie teams on 15 January 2014. A combination of preparation and providence led to Kyle being asked to replace injured Mike Iupati in the left guard at the 2014 Pro Bowl. Kyle Long was the first Bears rookie since Johnny Knox in 2009 to be added to the Pro Bowl list.
Long continued to prove useful to the team and even played in tackling until the team brought in Bobby Massie from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2016. By then, the Guard had already been appointed to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
During his participation in the 2016 season, Long suffered from a pulled tricep and a labrum tear in his left shoulder. However, he continued to play through the pain until he was finally admitted to the injured reserve due to a serious ankle injury. He was rewarded for his contribution to the team when he signed a $40 million improved four-year contract on September 7, 2016.
In the 2017 season, Kyle returned to the injured reserve after his shoulder deteriorated and suffered ankle and finger injuries before the shoulder problem.
Kyle Long Wife, Girlfriend
In July 2017 Kyle Long introduced his girlfriend to the world indirectly through a post on his Instagram. The Guardian is in a relationship with Shannon Noel Ford. The redheaded beauty from Gilbert, South Carolina, is a model and reality star.
The avowed Barbara Walters fan attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned degrees in political science and broadcast journalism. She also participated in the Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2012 contest, where she was among the top 16.
Kyle and Shannon have been together for some time, but are not married and have no children.
Family: Father, Brother
Considering his family, it is no longer surprising that he turned down a baseball career in favor of football. Kyle Long comes from a footballing heritage, albeit a short one. He was born the son of his father Howie Long, a football legend who played his entire career at the defensive end for the then Los Angeles Raiders (now Oakland Raiders).
Kyle also has an older brother, Chris Long, who also currently plays in the defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also has another brother, Howie Long Jr., who works as a scout and personal assistant for the Oakland Raiders.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
The soccer player stands at an impressive height of 1.98 m (6 feet 6 inches). He also has a weight of 143 kg (316 lbs) on the grate. There is no further verifiable information available about his body measurements.