Long Brothers surprise St. Anne’s-Belfield with #BestDayEver


longs stabProfessional football players and St. Anne’s-Belfield School alumni Chris ’04 and Kyle Long ’08 were back on campus today as part of Chevrolet’s #BestDayEver initiative. The coordinated program saw the automaker partner with athletes and celebrities to surprise people across the country in meaningful ways.

Chris, now with the St. Louis Rams, and Kyle, now with the Chicago Bears, reminisced about their time at the School and advised students of the importance of their teachers, the many opportunities offered at the School, and the friendships that will stay with them throughout their lives. Kyle also read “The Man in the Glass” to the assembled students, the same poem Coach Blake still reads to his football team before each game.

Though their brother Howie, Jr. ‘09 was unable to attend today’s event, their father Howie Long, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, Emmy Award-winning Fox TV sports analyst, and actor, took the stage to advise students to dream big as they look ahead to what’s next in life.

In addition to receiving t-shirts to mark the day, students also found out that the Long brothers would be donating $5,000 per year for the next four years for Upper School students to determine a cause or organization deserving of these funds.

“It’s always great to have alumni back on campus and for the Long family to include us in their #BestDayEver is a huge honor,” said John Blake, the School’s director of alumni relations and head football coach.

Coach Blake also announced that Kyle’s number, 58, will be retired by fall 2015. Chris’ number, 55, was previously retired and his jersey hangs in the School’s Conway Convocation Center.



uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Subscribe

Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.

 


augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news