Kyle Long was born in Ivy, Virginia, attending St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia. His father Howie Long and his brother Chris had celebrated careers in the NFL. Long attended Florida State briefly and then Saddleback College where he played football for two seasons. He transferred to the University of Oregon where he played for the 2012 season. Long was selected by the Bears in the first round of the 2013 draft. The 6-foot-6, 315 pound offensive lineman played for the Chicago Bears from 2013-2019. Long was a Pro-Bowl guard for his first three seasons and a fan favorite, but was plagued by injuries in the final four. Long was a 3-time Pro-Bowler. Long had a voracious appetite for the game although in his final years with the Bears he was susceptible to injuries.
Kyle Long was honored as the Bears’ recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award at a luncheon at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines in 2018. The Ed Block Courage Award is presented to one player on each NFL team who exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage. Teammates vote to determine the recipient. Long was named as a Top 100 Bears of All Time.
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