I’ve never watched the NFL Draft before, but I made an exception this past Saturday as my former student Chris Long went second overall to the St. Louis Rams. I taught Chris his junior year and had a blast doing so. He brought an incredible amount of energy to the classroom and refused to see himself simply as an athlete. Chris was actively involved in just about every discussion, especially when the conversations turned to politics. He clearly made the right move in staying here in Charlottesville to play football and attend school at the University of Virginia; he obviously benefited from the continued guidance of his parents and specifically his father. Whenever I saw Chris in town I made it a point to ask him about his studies before sports and he was always enthusiastic to talk about his professors and classes. The St. Louis Rams have made a great choice. They not only picked up a super athlete, but a team player and active community member. This couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.
By the way, keep any eye out for Chris’s younger brother Kyle who will play baseball next year for Florida State University. Kyle is a pitcher and is just about as big as Chris. Needless to say he’s got a rocket for an arm.