By Nick Wilder
Bears rookie right guard Kyle Long and his brother, Rams defensive end Chris Long, will battle against each other for the first time in an NFL game on Sunday in St. Louis.
With the Bears currently posting a record of 6-4 and the Rams at 4-6, the end result will certainly have an effect on the NFC playoff picture. Both teams will be starting their backup quarterbacks in the game, Josh McCown for the Bears and Kellen Clemens for the Rams.
In preparation for the game, NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long, father of Kyle and Chris, joined the Carmen and Jurko show on ESPN 1000 to discuss his sons and the upcoming matchup.
“I told [Kyle] you don’t know how blessed you are [playing for the Bears in Chicago],” Long said on ESPN 1000. “It’s a great organization and great city. It’s a town that appreciates toughness and hard work. If you show those two things, they’ll appreciate you."
With Kyle enjoying some success in his first season, Howie reiterated the fact that the Bears were smart to get him in the first round with the 20th overall pick.
“Hats off to the Bears, Phil Emery and the coaching staff for making the decision to pick him,” Long said. “I think there were some eyebrows that were raised and to a certain extent, when looking at outside of my prism, I understand why people would question that. Kyle had never played right guard before, but for him to do what he’s done in a short period of time, I’m very proud of him.”
In terms of what will his sons will be going through playing against each other, Long said it will likely be weird for them prior to kickoff, but they will settle in once the game gets going.
“I think they both understand the significance of the moment and how special it is. And as Kyle has said, it’s a great problem to have,” Long said. “My wish would be that they remain healthy, play well and enjoy the experience. I think when they get going and the game starts, it will be far more normal. To me, the hardest part will be sitting in the meeting room with your position coach [during the week] dissecting your brother.”