One of the first moves Bill Parcells made after taking over the Dolphins in ’08 was to get his hands on a cornerstone left tackle, when they took Michigan’s Jake Long first overall.
Long lived up to the billing and made four Pro Bowls during his tenure in South Florida. However, his career took him to other franchises and injury riddled seasons. On Monday, Long announced that he has decided to retire:
— Jake Long (@JakeLong77) April 24, 2017
After his initial contract with Miami ended, he signed with St. Louis. But, knee injuries in 2013 and 14 spelled the quick end with the Rams. Long’s final season came last year in Minnesota playing for only one month and ended with a torn Achilles, which was obviously the last straw.
Long knew that the transition to post football was near and was already looking to the next stages of his career and going back to his Michigan school roots recently, and not coincidentally, with connections to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross:
Jake Long comes back to Michigan to get ready for post-NFL life https://t.co/Q6iPp8pVwL
— Freep Sports (@freepsports) April 18, 2017
While the Dolphins never became a Super Bowl contender, much less winner, during Long’s tenure, but still, he more than lived up to the tag of “top player in the draft” for them back in 2008.