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Kevin Long -- Biography

PRO: An arduous worker who serves as quarterback on o-line…major responsibility is making checks and adjustments against defenses…an undersized player who is one of tallest centers in NFL…his grit and determination are attributes to his success against bigger opponents…has become a viable component on Titans' offensive line…has improved his strength and blocking mechanics since assuming starting role after fourth game during 1999 season…team has won 23 of 28 games since he has took over at center…capable of handling long snapping duties on punts and serves as backup to Bruce Matthews…was one of four third-year players who assumed started role in 2000… drafted with second of two seventh-round picks (229th overall) in 1998 NFL Draft.

2000: Enjoyed his finest season as a pro, starting in career-high 16 games…helped RB Eddie George rush for more than 100 yards six times while setting career-highs in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns …part of line that ranked tied for third in NFL in fewest sacks allowed with 28, their second consecutive season in which they ranked in Top 3…provided solid effort against New York Giants (10/1), as George rushed for 125 yards and offense totaled 426 total yards, three passing touchdowns and converted 70% (14 of 20) on third downs in 28-14 victory…served as valuable support on o-line against Cincinnati (10/8) as offense recorded second straight 400-plus total yards game (417 yards) and helped George rush for season-high and third highest total of career (181 yards) in 23-14 win…started at center and aided George to his third consecutive 100-yard game (167 yards) as offense totaled 400-plus yards for third consecutive game in 27-13 win in which no sacks were allowed against Jacksonville (10/16)…started at center but left game in third quarter because of shoulder injury in 27-21 win at Washington on Monday Night Football (10/30)…continued his tremendous effort on o-line in 24-10 win against Cleveland (11/19), helping George tie a career-high with three rushing touchdowns on 134 yards as offense tallied 374 total yards…posted high marks from coaching staff in 35-3 win against Cincinnati (12/10), assisting offensive effort to season-high 443 total yards…started at center in 24-0 win at Cleveland, (12/17), as George rushed for 176 yards and tied career-high with three rushing touchdowns…started in AFC Divisional Playoff Game against Baltimore (1/7)…

1999: Played in 16 games, starting 12…also started all four playoff games…handled punt-snapping duties and played on special teams the first four games, moving into starting lineup against Baltimore (10/10)…helped Eddie George to five 100-yard games during regular season, including 199-yard effort against Oakland (12/9)…also aided George to a 162-yard game in the AFC Divisional Playoff win at Indianapolis (1/16) and Steve McNair to a 91-yard, two-touchdown game in AFC Championship Game victory at Jacksonville (1/23).
1998: Played in all 16 games, starting two at center (San Diego, at New England) in place of injured Mark Stepnoski…handled snapping duties on punts…recorded eight tackles on special teams…received offensive game ball from coaching staff after relieving injured Erik Norgard in second quarter of season-opening win at Cincinnati (9/6).

COLLEGE: Four-year letterman and two-year starter at FSU…responsible for calling all blocking schemes…First-Team All-America selection by American Football Coaches Association, Third-Team All-America choice by Associated Press and First-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick as senior…team captain and only FSU lineman to start all 11 games in 1997…honorable mention All-ACC selection as junior, starting 10 games and grading out at 80 percent…saw action in 10 contests as sophomore…earned first career start in Orange Bowl against Notre Dame…played in all 11 games as freshman, primarily with second unit at C, RT and G…redshirted in 1993…majored in education.

PERSONAL: Single, resides in Franklin, Tenn….Parade and Super Prep All-American pick for the Summerville (SC) High Green Waves…rated second-best prospect in state by Super Prep…earned honorable mention All-America acclaim from USA Today…member of Blue Chip Illustrated's Dream Team…born Kevin Dale Long, May 2, 1975, in Summerville, S.C.

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