Jake Long was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, and just days before the 2017 NFL Draft he announced his retirement from the game of football.
He did so with an announcement on Twitter in which he said he realized his body just cannot take the abuse of the NFL game any longer.
— Jake Long (@JakeLong77) April 24, 2017
Long played nine years in the NFL. He played for four teams during that time — the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings — but hasn’t been able to stay healthy since the 2013 season.
Since then, Long has managed to appear in just 15 games, starting in just 10 of them, as injuries derailed his ability to perform.
Over the course of his nine-year career, Long started 99 games, earned four Pro Bowl appearances and was voted to one First-Team All-Pro squad.