Chris Long

Chris Long gives awesome first-hand account of Patriots' Super Bowl LI comeback

Chris Long gives awesome first-hand account of Patriots' Super Bowl LI comeback

Life comes at you fast in the NFL -- in Chris Long's case, in a good way.

In February 2016, Long was sitting at home after another 7-9 season for the (then) St. Louis Rams.

In February 2017, he was suiting up for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI -- and contributing to the greatest comeback in NFL history.

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The retired defensive end joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand" on Thursday from Radio Row in Miami to discuss that wild win over the Atlanta Falcons -- and what he was thinking when the Patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter.

"When I'm down 25 (points), it's curtains. It's over," Long said. "I've been in St. Louis my whole life. Forget being up 25. We were never up 25."

That's why Long admitted he was slightly annoyed by the Patriots' confidence in the locker room at halftime.

"In the locker room, I always remember: (Safety) Duron Harmon went, 'We're gonna win this game,' " Long recalled.  "And I'm sitting there thinking to myself, 'Let's just get a stop. What are you talking about?'

"But guys in that locker room believed it. And I think that's the effect of being on a winner long enough, is that you're not cynical. You think you can come out of anything. And that's what having the G.O.A.T. (quarterback Tom Brady) on your side is."

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That belief helped the Patriots stay the course even after allowing the Falcons to score first in the second half: New England scored 25 unanswered points in just over 20 minutes of game time before James White scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

The Patriots' historic comeback also helped Long avoid what he had been bracing for since halftime.

"(Rob) Ninkovich told me leading up to the Super Bowl, 'There's no worse feeling than losing in the Super Bowl,' " Long said. " 'Just prepare yourself: If for some reason we lose this game, you're gonna want to just die, dude.'  

"And (that scenario is) happening. And then 60 minutes later, me and Nink are on the field with Papa John's pizzas scraping up confetti off the field."

Again: Life comes at you fast.

Long went on to win another Super Bowl (at the Patriots' expense) with the Philadelphia Eagles the following season before retiring in 2018. Two Super Bowl wins in three seasons? Not a bad way to go out.

Chris Long explains differences between 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles

Chris Long explains differences between 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles

Chris Long had spent most of his NFL career on losing teams. Then, he went and won back-to-back Super Bowl titles with the 2016 Patriots and the 2017 Eagles.

While the final result for both teams was the same, Long saw plenty of differences with the way Philadelphia went about their business compared to the Patriots. The former defensive end discussed in detail with Tom E. Curran in the latest Patriots Talk Podcast.

"The difference between New England and Philly was like, that was the first time [the Eagles have won the Super Bowl]," Long told Curran. "So whatever it was like when the Patriots won for the first time, that's what I walked into in Philly."

Long also touched on Lane Johnson's comments about Pats players "not having fun" in New England.

"In New England, they tend to do things a different way and it's the Patriot Way, but you also have had 'the GOAT [Tom Brady]' for 20 years and you've got 'The Hoodie' [Bill Belichick]," Long said. "So that continuity... and of course part of that is the way Bill does things and the way they've designed that organization.

"Every organization is different and some are more 'fun' than others. I also consider having a bunch of awesome teammates in New England a lot of fun and I thought winning was a lot of fun because for eight years, I was on crap teams."

You can hear everything Long had to say by listening to the Patriots Talk Podcast below.

Other topics on the show include Long's upcoming media company, "Chalk Media," how athletes deal with social anxiety, Colin Kaepernick's upcoming NFL workout, and Long's new NBA "side team."

Listen to the full episode below (Patriots/Eagles discussion begins at 24:31):

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Chris Long on SB52, Philly-NE differences, Kaepernick, retirement and more

Patriots Talk Podcast: Chris Long on SB52, Philly-NE differences, Kaepernick, retirement and more

Chris Long has a unique perspective on Patriots-Eagles, having been with both teams on their Super Bowl title runs. He joins Tom E. Curran for a wide-ranging discussion.

1:04 - Long, the former Rams, Patriots and Eagles defensive end, joins Curran to discuss life after retirement. 

5:19 - Chris talks about his media company, Chalk Media, and what type of content he hopes to create and who he hopes to reach.

12:26 - With the NFL announcing the league will be holding an open tryout for Colin Kaepernick, Chris gives his take on the situation and whether or not he thinks the former 49ers quarterback can still play.

19:57 - How do athletes deal with social anxiety? Chris talks about how fans' interactions make him feel as he tries to live his life post-NFL.

24:31 - Chris and Tom talk about the differences between the two championship teams he was on - the 2016 Patriots and 2017 Eagles - and how “fun” played into each team’s season.

29:42 - A lot has changed for the Patriots and Eagles since Super Bowl LII. Chris talks about the track each team has been on since that game and how he sees their Week 11 matchup going.

38:41 - As a Knicks fan, Chris feels like he needs a side NBA team to watch. He was given the Celtics and he couldn’t be more excited to cheer for them this season.

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