So long, Chris Long! The NFL defensive end, who helped lead the New England Patriots to victory in Super Bowl LI, announced that he’s not going re-up with his team. While giving love to ‘Pats Nation,’ Chris revealed why his time with Tom Brady’s crew had to come to an end.
“I owe you an explanation as to why I’ll be moving on [as a free agent,” Chris Long, 31, said to every fan of the New England Patriots (via Instagram) on March 1. Chris said that his decision had “zero to do with money,” and that his choice to leave the Super Bowl LI champs was “the right move in my heart, because I want to get back to being the player I was before.”
“This year and this opportunity gave me a ton,” he said in his heartfelt farewell to Patriots fans. “I made lifelong friends in a great locker room and became a champion. I’m so thankful that [Bill Belichick, 64] took a chance on me and allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in this wonderful year.”
Chris had been with the Pats for a single season, but that’s all he needed to get a ring, as he helped the team pull off the greatest comeback victory in Super Bowl history. Though Chris said his choice to leave the New England Patriots was not “a big deal,” many of his devoted fans were sad to see him go.
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Thank you Pats Nation. As a player you've given so much support to, I owe you an explanation as to why I'll be moving on in FA… even if it isn't a big deal. This year and this opportunity gave me a ton. I made lifelong friends in a great locker room and became a champion. I'm so thankful that Coach B (the GOAT) took a chance on me and allowed me the opportunity to play a small part in this wonderful year. This has zero to do with money, etc. It's the right move in my heart because I want to get back to being the player I was before. I'm thankful for my role this year, but as a competitor, I'm itching to do what I do best. It was important to say thank you personally. You may not remember me much, but I'll always remember y'all!! #driveforfive #missionaccomplished
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Before joining the Pats, Chris spent his first eight seasons with the then-St. Louis Rams, according to SB Nation. He racked up 54.5 sacks and four Pro Bowl appearances, but the team – for lack of a better world – sucked. He jumped ship for the 2016-17 season, going 14-2 in a season saw him leave Foxborough stadium with a Super Bowl ring around his finger.
However, as a defensive player, Chris wasn’t lighting up the stats. He only tallied four sacks during his stay in New England, the fewest in a single season since his rookie year. Saying he wants to ‘get back to being the player I was before” likely means he’s looking for a team whose defense allows him to be more of a game changer.
Of course, New England fans are probably most sad that they won’t see him with the team one last time. The Pats are set to go to the White House as part of their Super Bowl celebration. However, Chris is one of the many New England players refusing to meet with President Donald Trump, 70. After getting some flak from haters online, Chris clapped back and explained why he’s going to sit this trip out. After all, he needs to start fielding some offers from potential teams.
Are you sad that Chris has left the Patriots, HollywoodLifers?