Bob Long (linebacker)

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Bob Long
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Personal information
Born: (1934-02-24) February 24, 1934 (age 85)
South Pasadena, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:South Pasadena (CA)
NFL Draft:1955 / Round: 2 / Pick: 18
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:89
Fumble recoveries:10
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Robert Wendell Long (born February 24, 1934 in South Pasadena, California) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Early years[edit]

Long attended South Pasadena High School, before moving on to the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1954, he was a part of the team that shared the national championship with Ohio State University.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Long was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round (18th overall) of the 1955 NFL Draft. On October 2, he was traded to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a draft choice.[1]

Detroit Lions[edit]

The converted Long from a defensive end into a linebacker. In 1957, he was a starter at linebacker for the NFL Championship winning team.[2] On July 20, 1960, he was traded along with a first round draft choice (#10-Bobby Crespino), to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for quarterback Jim Ninowski.[3]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

On August 17, 1960, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for offensive end Leon Clarke.[4]

Los Angeles Rams[edit]

In 1960, he played in 9 games. In 1961, he played in 13 games. He was released on September 4, 1962.[5] On September 7, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys along with defensive tackle John Meyers, in exchange for a third round draft choice (#32-Willie Brown).[6]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 1962, he was a backup linebacker, appearing in 8 games.

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, he was an assistant football coach at Kansas State University.[7]


  1. ^ "Rams Trade End To Detroit Lions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Detroit Captures Pro Championship, Slaughter Browns". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Browns Deals Ninowski To Lions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rams Trade Clarke; Get Long From Browns". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Jack Morris Gets Release". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Rams Trade Two To Dallas". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2016.