The Marty Smith Podcast: 2-Time Super Bowl Champion Chris Long Talks College Football, NIL Deals, and More

by Chris Haney

The Marty Smith Podcast is back this week with another brand new episode, and we’ve got two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long as our guest. Long retired from the NFL a few years back, but has been staying busy. He hosts the Green Light Podcast and the philanthropist is still active working with his charity, The Chris Long Foundation.

However, before Long joined the show, the guys revisited their holiday celebrations for the Fourth of July. Host Marty Smith and his family spend their summers in a small beach town in New Jersey. And he said one of his favorite things about the town is that everyone goes all out on Independence Day. Locals and businesses alike get patriotic with their decorations and the holiday celebrations become a city-wide event.

After discussing each of the various drinks they consumed – for better or worse – during July 4th celebrations, Chris Long hops on to talk about a myriad of topics. Old school NFL fans will remember Long’s father well, Hall of Famer turned FOX broadcaster Howie Long. His son carved out a hell of a NFL career for himself as well while playing for the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles over 11 active years on the gridiron. But if you thought you were only getting football talk from the former defensive end this week, you’d be mistaken.

Chris chats about and breaks down his personal water power rankings. That’s right, if you thought all water was made equal, you’d be wrong. At least according to Chris Long you would be. The former NFL pro also jokes around about the first cigarette he smoked as a kid, talks about country music and The Highwaymen, and his favorite fruit. Spoiler alert: it’s watermelon. And of course there’s plenty of football talk and a lot more on this week’s episode of The Marty Smith Podcast.

Chris Long Talks Current College Football Landscape On ‘The Marty Smith Podcast’

We here at Outsider and on The Marty Smith Podcast love us some college football. Thankfully, Chris Long does as well. So our hosts got to pick his brain about all things college football during the podcast.

It’s an interesting time for collegiate athletics with all the changes that have come about in just the last couple of years. Players now have more control over their name, image, and likeness (NIL) than ever after the NCAA ruled that endorsement deals are now legal for student-athletes to accept. Plus, several universities are jumping ship as conferences realign across the nation. The landscape of college football is changing before our eyes, and host Marty Smith wanted to know what the former Virginia Cavalier thinks about it all.

“It’s tough, cause I don’t know if there is a right answer,” Chris Long said of the various opinions surrounding the current state of college football. “Everyone knows the right answer is to get these kids paid, in my opinion. They generate a ton of revenue, they bust their a**. The football players are risking their health to a higher degree than a lot of other collegiate athletes. So when I see these football players signing five figure deals rolling up on campus, yea, it might look a little gaudy that kid decided to buy a watch with it, but he deserves that autonomy. He deserves that opportunity to spend it on whatever.”

“Now, in the immediacy – Marty you know – it is the Wild West… When it happens, I think everybody is shocked, but the thing that we love is still there. It’s the game, dude. And football, as long as there’s an opportunity for people to play it, people are going to go play it. It’s been a doorway to a better life for a lot of people and it’s also a helluva lot of fun and it’ll be competitive… there’s change and then we adapt,” he added.

Chris Long Chats About NIL Deals and How Much He Would’ve Made With a Famous Last Name

For someone like Chris Long who entered college as an elite prospect with the football pedigree to match, his experience at UVA would’ve been very different if he played in Charlottesville today. Considering he was already an elite talent at Virginia, plus he was Howie Long’s son, he could’ve made a killing in NIL deals. Host Marty Smith asked Chris straight up, “What do you think you could’ve made in the NIL era if it was available to you?”

“You know, people are always mad at you because of your dad,” Chris Long explained about being Howie Long’s son. “Cause your dad played [in the NFL]. They say you made whatever and you got drafted because of your dad. Which is all BS, of course. But if I made a bunch of NIL money, part of that would’ve been because of my dad. I really do think I would’ve raked in a little bit.”

“Now, knowing myself, I’ve never been about the money,” Chris continued. “You know, I’ve been lucky. But I would’ve probably tried to be as tasteful as I could. I probably would’ve gotten ripped off because I’m bad at saying no. I want to do something for this diner down the street cause I know the guy. Like he’d probably take me to the cleaners, I’d probably give him a discount. Maybe I wouldn’t have made as much as I could’ve, but I think I would’ve made… I think I could’ve pulled in $250k. Do you think that’s high?”

“No, I don’t think that’s high at all,” host Marty Smith responded. “Not for somebody that was the face of the program in a time when that program was good.”

The guys talk to Chris Long about that and much more on the newest episode of The Marty Smith Podcast. Make sure to check out their entire conversation below, or listen to the full interview on Spotify, Apple, or wherever else you listen to your favorite podcasts.