Remembering Doug Long

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January 25, 2012

By Bill Boehlke

LongDoug250_0125The Seahawks mourn the passing of Doug Long, who played for Seattle in 1977 and 1978. Long died late last week after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

As a defensive back and special teams player for the Seahawks, Long was given the game ball for his efforts during Seattle’s 27-7 win over the Oakland Raiders on October 22, 1978.

Long was a two-time All-American at Whitworth in 1975-76, and was inducted into the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also the last Whitworth Pirate to play a regular season game in the NFL.

“Doug would have been a standout college player at any level,” said former Pirate head coach Hugh Campbell, who went on to his own Hall of Fame coaching career in the Canadian Football League and NFL. “But he was an even better person than he was a player. Whitworth was just the right fit for him.”

Long caught 132 passes for 2,171 yards during his career at Whitworth, earning First Team NAIA All-America honors as a junior and Second Team honors as a senior. After his final season at Whitworth, Long became the first Pirate ever invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

“Doug Long was a competitor,” said Steve Wilson, a former teammate and NFL game official. “He gave everything on every play every time. I am honored to have shared the field with him for four years. He was able to blend his deep desire for victory with a sense of fun and true enjoyment of the game.”

Long helped lead Whitworth to a share of the Northwest Conference football championship in 1976.

Following graduation he was signed as a free agent by the Seahawks. After his playing career, Long became active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Pro Athletes’ Outreach.

“Doug was a man of great faith,” Wilson said. “He loved the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul and strength.”