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Rien Long
No. --     Free Agent
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: August 7, 1981 (1981-08-07) (age 28)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 264 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Washington State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 126
Debuted in 2003 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     58
Sacks     9.5
Forced fumbles     1
Stats at NFL.com

Rien Vartan Long (born August 7, 1981 in Los Angeles, California) is a American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State.

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College career

While playing for Washington State University, he won the 2002 Outland Trophy as that year's best college football interior lineman and was named an All-American as a junior.

Professional career

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Tennessee Titans

The Titans drafted him in the fourth round in 2003, and he started five of 39 games through his first three seasons with 9½ career sacks and 99 career tackles. He missed the 2006 season with a torn Achilles' tendon, then was placed on injured reserve for 2007 with a knee injury before being waived.[1]

Florida Tuskers

Long was drafted by the Florida Tuskers on the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009 and signed with the team on September 3.[2] He was released on September 22.

Personal

He is the brother of Devan Long. He is of one-fourth Armenian descent and cherishes his heritage greatly. He has a tattoo of the seventh letter of the Armenian alphabet (Է) over the Armenian flag on his biceps. Rien Long's trip to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh in March 2006 was the subject of a feature-length documentary, "The Long Journey from the NFL to Armenia" (www.globalistfilms.com).

Just before midnight on January 21, 2008, Long crashed his 2005 Ford Mustang into a rockwall while driving too fast on an I-40 on-ramp near downtown Nashville. Long was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was in critical condition.[1] On January 23, doctors upgraded Long's condition from critical to stable.[3]

References

Preceded by
Bryant McKinnie
Outland Trophy Winners
2002
Succeeded by
Robert Gallery

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