Interview: Former Eagles Super Bowl Champ, Chris Long, Joins Tom Segura on “Tom Talks”
Former two-time Super Bowl champion and 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chris Long, sat down for a conversation on Tom Segura’s podcast “Tom Talks.” Long became arguably the most instrumental veteran player on the Eagles 2018 Super roster and spoke about the importance of mentorship in football, why the Super Bowl victory in Philadelphia was a bit more special than his one in New England, and of course, the legend of Big Dick Nick is discussed.
On the pressure of playing football growing up with a Hall-of-Fame NFL father
Tom: When you start playing football, is your dad like coaching you up?
Chris: No, he’s not like the dude in Little Giants or something. My dad was almost the opposite. He was a coach, but he coached me in practice, and then on game day, he would stand over in the corner. Which is again very intentional, like, “Hey, it’s your show, man”.
And that meant a lot to me. I didn’t care, and I wasn’t ashamed of my dad or anything because I was [actually] proud of him, but it brings undue pressure. And that pressure ultimately made me a lot tougher, honestly.
But in the beginning, you don’t see it that way. In the beginning it’s, “Fuck, everything I do is just because of your dad.” I’m talking win an award in high school, win county player of the year- it’s nepotism. You get a scholarship- it’s nepotism. Oh, 13 sacks in the ACC and get picked in the first round- it’s nepotism. You sign your first deal; it’s on-and-on down the line.
On the importance of mentorship and leadership style at the end of his career
Chris: My dad had mentors when he came into the league. I think one of the biggest things about playing the game, and one of the things I enjoyed at the end of my career, like when [it’s] the political bullshit of “you’re old [so] you’re not making as much money.” It’s like the movies; they’re trying to get you out.
I loved one part of my day, and that’s dealing with the young players and passing it on. And he [Howie] had a couple of guys that passed it on to him, and he was always the same way with younger players.
It also challenges you because you’re really close to someone trying to take your job. As teammates, there are only two defensive ends on the field, and it’s [kind of] counterintuitive for me to try and help Derek Barnett, but I don’t know how to be the other way.
I just don’t, and I’m glad I don’t. I had vets in my career that were really great vets, and I had some that also didn’t give a fuck about me, intentionally because they might have resented me because I was a high pick or maybe I was going to take their job. I just remember how those two things made me feel, and I’m like, there’s nothing more insecure than stepping on somebody that’s trying to come up.
Why he chose the Eagles and why that Super Bowl was different from the Pats
Chris: I ended up in New England, which was a relief because it validated my career to me. But I also wasn’t the biggest part. I played six to seven hundred snaps, but in the Super Bowl, I played 20 snaps. I was a role player.
I wanted to go out and finish my career on a high note and be the player I was earlier, so I took a stab at Philly, who’s bottom four in the league, [basically] picked to be bottom feeders. I just liked the speed with which their defense played. And to get lucky there again? The one was like; you join a machine, you get a stadium seat, right?
In Philly, you get a fucking luxury suite. You’re apart of history there. Dudes meeting you and being like, ‘I’ve been a fan [and] waited 60 years for this.’ They’ll be crying, and they tell me thank you. And I’m like, dude, thank you bro. You’re the reason this is so special. It’s not the players; it’s the bonding of this city. Everybody has waited for it, and this is a unique special team.
On the legend of Big Dick Nick
Chris: It was cool because of the cinderella story, and then on top of [that] our fucking MVP quarterback gets fucking hurt, so you think we’re dead. Then we come back the next week, and we almost got run out of the gym by the Giants. So we were like, “Damn, we really got to get it together.” So then Nick Foles goes out and scored like 10 points against Oakland to clinch home-field.
Tom: Okay! Finally, I get to ask you this. How big is his dick?
Chris: The thing’s big, dude. I don’t know. I mean, I don’t have a fucking protractor down there.
Tom: I mean did you put yours to him and go, “Oh, you got me here, but I got bigger balls.”
Chris: No dude! No dude!
Tom: I don’t know how locker rooms work!
Chris: Listen, there’s a lot of Nick Foles dick talk. It’s [become] folklore, but the thing about Nick is, he’s the best guy in the world, and there’s Christians, whether you’re into religion or not, that are like, that guy’s not a real guy. Nick Foles is a real guy; he’s a saint. But he’s also a fucking legend. He’s 10-feet tall.
Tom: Is he one of those guys on one of those footstools, and with his leg up, can you see his dick hanging from below his thigh?
Chris: Well, listen, this is probably the last thing I’m going to say about it. Because at some point, I know somebody’s going to be like, “Hey man, you were talking about Nick Foles’ dick a lot on the pod.” And not knowing that I was asked [by Tom]. You know how they quote you, and I’ll be on Bleacher Report. They’ll be like, “Chris was just talking about Nick’s dick on the pod.” (Editor’s Note: We have your back here, Chris. Fully transparent on the question being more of an interrogation by Segura). Tom asked me about the bench. It’s not hanging. It’s resting on the ground.
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