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Terry Luther Long (July 21, 1959 – June 7, 2005) was an American college and professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1980s and early 1990s. He played college football for East Carolina University, and thereafter he played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.

Terry Long
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Personal information
Born:(1959-07-21)July 21, 1959
Columbia, South Carolina
Died:June 7, 2005(2005-06-07) (aged 45)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:272 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school:Columbia (SC) Eau Claire
College:East Carolina
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games Played:105
Games Started:89


Early yearsEdit

Long was born in Columbia, South Carolina.

College careerEdit

Long attended East Carolina University, where he played for the East Carolina Pirates football team from 1980 to 1983. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 1983.

Professional careerEdit

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Long in the fourth round (111th pick overall) of the 1984 NFL Draft, and he played for the Steelers from 1984 to 1991. During his eight NFL seasons, he played in 105 games, and started 89 of them.


Long committed suicide in June 2005 from drinking 1 gallon of antifreeze. An autopsy revealed that Long suffered from CTE caused by his football career. His brain was studied by neuropathologist Bennet Omalu.[1] He had previously attempted suicide in 1991, after testing positive for the NFL's steroid test.[2]

Long was buried at the Swansea Methodist Church Cemetery in Swansea, South Carolina.


  1. ^ "Ex-Steeler Long drank antifreeze to commit suicide". 2006-01-26. Retrieved 2007-09-05. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Terry Long Says He Attempted Suicide". Los Angeles Times. 1991-08-01. Retrieved 2013-09-16.