Listen: New Bear Kyle Long On The Boers And Bernstein Show
(CBS) — Chicago Bears first round draft pick Kyle Long was interviewed by the Boers and Bernstein show after his introductory news conference at Halas Hall.
Long was picked by the Bears with the 20th overall pick of the draft and he is the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long.
Long originally played baseball at Florida State before trying his hand at football and was a 23rd round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher in 2008.
On why he initially chose baseball over football, Long said, “I kind of shied away from football out of high school for some reason. I think I was kind of running from the microscope that I was under and I wasn’t really prepared for the expectations. As I have gotten older and grown more mature I realized that this is where I need to be. I am a football player and it is what runs through my veins.”
Long played in 11 games at Oregon last season, starting the final four games at left guard and says he is comfortable playing anywhere on the offensive line.
“Guard, tackle, it doesn’t matter. I am an offensive lineman,” said Long.
Long said he feels like the Bears really did their research before drafting him.
“A lot of teams may have just taken the information and just Googled my name and asked me questions about what they found from the results. I really feel like the Chicago Bears did their research. They were asking me questions about stuff that I had completely forgotten about, middle school things, elementary school situations,” said Long.
Listen to the full interview below: