Over the weekend, former Virginia star Chris Long agreed to a contract extension with the St. Louis Rams. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the deal “is believed to be north of $10 million a year, and the guaranteed money could be $20 million-plus.” The extension runs for four years through 2016.
Long told The Associated Press and others that he wants to be part of a turnaround in St. Louis, which is 12-52 since 2008.
“It’s huge for me,” Long told the AP. “You like to know where you stand and I feel really good about obviously their commitment to me. When it turns around, I want to be a part of it.”
Beyond that, Long deflected talk of his contract back to his team, telling the Post-Dispatch “It’s good to talk about [the extension] because I’m excited to be here for five more years. I’m excited about the future. But otherwise, we’ve got a bunch of guys working really hard out here, for the same goals and to win a championship. And that’s what we’re focused on. I don’t want it to be about me. It’s about us. And I’m just very lucky and appreciative.”
Long has posted 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons with 8.5 in 2010 and 13 more in 2011.
Hoo-Tube Video Of The Day
The Afternoon Break includes a daily video. It seems appropriate to go with Chris Long this time.
- EDGE subscribers are talking about UVa’s running backs and JHoo’s most recent article.
- The football board has threads on UVa’s future schedules,
- The basketball board is discussing potential recruiting targets here and here. There’s also this thread on a recent Sports Illustrated blurb on the Hoos.
- Incoming women’s tennis recruit Julia Elbaba won a USTA Futures event and there’s a tennis board thread talking about it.
- The Corner variety pack: shoes, Chipotle in Lynchburg, and fine dining suggestions for Charlottesville.
This portion of the break looks at TheSabre.com’s favorite Twitter retweet of the day. Follow @thesabre.
Today’s retweet is from former UVa and U.S. National Team standout Angela Hucles (follow @angelahucles). Hucles remains the Virginia women’s soccer leader in goals, game-winning goals, and total points. She won two gold medals with Team USA and scored four goals during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
@angelahucles: Just finished last match for the 1st time announcing. Amazing experience, fun, and educational! Love opening w/Olympics!Thanks @nbcolympics