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Ex-No. 1 pick Jake Long says he’s a ‘proud and lifelong Dolphin’ in retirement essay

Offensive tackle Jake Long, appearing in his 2012 file photo, has retired.
Offensive tackle Jake Long, appearing in his 2012 file photo, has retired. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Jake Long, the Dolphins’ only No. 1 overall pick since their inaugural season, has called it a career.

His body insisted upon it.

Long, who might have been a Hall of Fame left tackle if not for repeated physical breakdowns, announced his retirement on Twitter Monday.

“Football has been something that I have put my entire heart and soul into,” Long wrote. “I have always given this game the respect and attention to detail that it demands.

“As I continue with my recent rehab I realize that although my heart and mind still want to play, my body is telling me something completely different,” he continued.

Long suffered a torn Achilles tendon in November, just the latest in a long line of injuries that plagued his career. Long’s spotty availability was a significant reason the Dolphins allowed him to leave in free agency four years ago. He has been limited to just 30 out of a possible 64 games since.

“I’d like to thank all of the organizations I got a chance to play for,” Long wrote. “Most of all, I want to thank the Miami Dolphins, Mr. [Stephen] Ross, Tony Sparano and Bill Parcells. ... You believed in me and gave me my first opportunity to live my dream of playing in the NFL. I will always be a proud and lifelong Miami Dolphin!”

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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