"Cheers. Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it", Long said in a tweet. I've seen them both and I appreciate the perspective.
Long played 11 seasons in the National Football League, the first eight of his career with the St. Louis Rams before signing a one-year deal with the Patriots in 2016.
Following the win over Atlanta, Long's social activism first became noticed by the at-large public when he made a decision to skip the Patriots visit to the White House.
Long would ultimately decide not to re-sign with the Patriots, instead joining the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of the 2017 season. He recorded 54.5 sacks for the Rams in his eight seasons, including a pair of double-digit sack seasons, but never made the Pro Bowl.
The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, Chris Long quickly set himself apart as a player and humanitarian during his career.
"Long won consecutive Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in 2016 and 2017, respectively". He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2018 for his remarkable community work. In addition to continuing his work with Waterboys, an organization bringing clean water to different parts of Africa, Long will be launching a digital media company as well as a podcast of his own.
Long, who announced his retirement from football over the weekend, spent one season playing for the Patriots in 2016.
Off the field, Long says he felt time in Philadelphia proved that players could win on the field and make an impact in the community.