Jake Long, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft and former Wolverine, has decided to end his NFL career after nine seasons. He announced his retirement via Twitter. Long tore his achillies in week 10 last year and comments about his body in his statement released below. He also thanked many people that made an impact in his life, including Coach Carr.
April 24, 2017
Another Michigan great, Taylor Lewan, shared his thoughts about the news.
Incredible career, and an incredible guy. You were the reason I wore the number 77 @UMichFootball and now. Congrats big guy! #michiganlegend https://t.co/YfPRVHH9Mb— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) April 24, 2017
The Lapeer (MI) native played at Michigan from 2003 to 2007. His accomplishments in college include the 2007 Jim Parker Trophy, 2x Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, 2x First-Team All Big Ten, and 2x All-American (2006/2007).
He was the overall No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by Miami.
He went on to play for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-2012 before going to St. Louis for one year. He also played one year for Atlanta and ended his career with Minnesota last season. His achievements in the NFL over 104 games include 4x Pro Bowl appearances from 2008 to 2011 and First-team All Pro in 2010.
Long and his wife are involved in the North Star Reach, which allows kids with medical conditions to attend a free summer camp in Pickney, Michigan.