By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Chris Long, one of the leaders in the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker room, announced his retirement Saturday night. It’s not a surprise after the Eagles told him they were going to reduce his role in 2019.

Long spent two seasons with the Eagles.

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In his first season, Long had 28 tackles and five sacks and helped the Birds win their first Super Bowl title.

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Last season, Long had 23 tackles and 6½ sacks and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

In 11 NFL seasons, Long finished two Super Bowl rings and much respect from around the league.

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In such a short time in Philly, Long became one of the fans’ favorite players.