The NFL will be without one beloved player next season. Bears guard Kyle Long announced Sunday via Twitter he is retiring as a Bear. The three-time Pro-Bowler made a series of Tweets where he thanked fans and the Bears organization.
The 31-year-old was placed on IR this past October, for the fourth straight season. This year, it stemmed from a hip issue. In the past, Long has suffered from ankle, knee, shoulder and other injuries.
Drafted in the first round of the 2013 season, Long went on to make the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons in the league. He was also named to the Professional Football Writers’ Association’s All-Rookie team in 2014.