Hard-hitting, West Virginia alum linebacker David Long Jr. is not only living his NFL dream but is taking advantage of the opportunity.
Long got his first career start for the Tennessee Titans Saturday and tallied six tackles in the teams impressive win over the Baltimore Ravens. This brings his 2019 totals to 15 tackles, nine solo and six assisted.
“Fearlessly be yourself, because who you are is good enough” -combs Shout out to my damn squad!!!! On to the next 🖤
— Day✖️2 (@David__Long) January 12, 2020
Long’s impact was also felt in the teams earlier 35-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in November. Despite only seeing action on 28 snaps, Long recorded eight tackles and a forced fumble.
The Titans selected Long in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, noting his speed for the position, knack for finding the ball carrier and displays grit and toughness, according to his biography on the Titans website.
The 5-foot-11-inch, 227-pound defender was a three-year starter for West Virginia and amassed 252 career tackles, 14 sacks and 40 tackles for loss. He received the 2018 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year accolade and led the Mountaineers in tackles during his final collegiate campaign. As a senior, Long tallied 110 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Listed as underdogs against both the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens in postseason play, the Titans, led by running back Derrick Henry, look to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive this weekend.
The Titans and Long will play the Kansas City Chiefs and former Big 12 quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, at 3:05 p.m. Sunday for the AFC Championship.