Eagles’ Zach Ertz thanks Chris Long for his contributions to Philadelphia
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long officially announced his retirement over the weekend. Tight end Zach Ertz is now among the friends and former teammates to wish him the best.
The two spent two years together with the Eagles. Ertz has since thanked Long for all that he has done in Philadelphia,via Twitter:
What a freaking career!! Thank you Chris for everything you’ve done for me and this city over the past two years. I’ve learned so much in terms of leadership from you, both on and off the field, I will carry it with me the rest of my life. I’m going to miss you my brother!!
Although Long’s tenure in Philadelphia was not very long, it sure was quite eventful. He had spent the prime years of his career serving as the captain of a St. Louis Rams team that was never able to make the playoffs. His fortunes soon changed when he signed with the New England Patriots and won his first Super Bowl. He then brought some of that championship magic to the Eagles the following year against his former team to give the franchise its first Super Bowl.
Aside from his success on the field, his biggest impact may have come off of it. Upon signing with the Eagles, Long pledged to donate his entire 2017 salary to charities that support education. He was ultimately awarded Walter Payton Man of the Year for his efforts in the community. The impact of Long’s career will surely be felt by teammates like Ertz and cities like Philadelphia for years to come.