There’s a reason why Long didn’t linger long on Hall of Fame ballots.

He was a franchise-defining talent who lifted the Raiders’ defense to fearsome heights and elevated his supporting cast to all-star status. He was a monster against smaller offensive linemen in the 80s and 90s, and his size — 6’5 and 270 pounds — indicates he would have been dominant against any era of blocker. Long is bigger than 2017 sack leader Chandler Jones, Cowboys star Demarcus Lawrence, and yep, current Raider star Mack.

One final point. Broken Arrow. Khalil Mack wasn’t in Broken Arrow. Howie Long was. Advantage: Howie.

In the last three seasons, Mack has racked up 36.5 sacks with at least 10 in each. In Long’s career he topped 10 sacks three times, with 35 over a three-year span.

Shifting back to a positive note, the Bears rookies spent a day in May, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan helped to raise $220,000 for families with seriously ill or physically-challenged children at their Night to Pass It On event. You can donate to that cause here; which Bills fans did when the Bengals knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs, thus sending Buffalo to the postseason for the first time in 17 years.

And the NFL’s most recent Walter Payton Man of the Year continues to blow everyone away with his kindness. J.J. Watt offered to pay the funeral costs for those killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School last month and beyond that has gone to visit survivors of the shooting in the hospital.

You may remember Watt helped to raise more than $37 million last year for those in the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey. Watt wasn’t the only Texans player making an impact after the hurricane — Deshaun Watson gave his entire first game check to cafeteria workers affected by the storm. That’s incredible to watch, regardless of your NFL fandom.

It is apparent that this was an organized sham. To stand next to a figure like Trump on the South Lawn is to dishonor the very people, the unprivileged and oppressed, that athletes have traded their careers for. Many said the lawn was filled with underlings from the White House and staffers from the Republican National Committee, noting that it’d be odd for football fans to be decked out exclusively in Washington’s finest suits. Typically during events celebrating athletic champions, one sees some team paraphernalia.

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