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Eagles players and fans react to Chris Long announcing his retirement

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Legend.

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It was a quiet Saturday night in the NFL world until one of the game’s most respected players officially announced his retirement. Sadly, Chris Long will not be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles next season. His NFL career is over.

Long leaves the game as a figure beloved by his teammates, media types, and fans alike. The two-time Super Bowl champion wasn’t just a great football player; he also used his platform for positive change in the world. His Walter Payton Man of the Year award signifies as much.

An outpouring of appreciation for Long has already begun. The Eagles put out an official statement following the retirement announcement:

Current and former teammates are weighing in as well:

For even more Chris Long appreciation, look below to see the kind of impact he’s had on people. We’d all be so lucky to be remembered as fondly as Long will always be in Philly and elsewhere.

Long live the legend himself: Chris Long.