There are a handful of former Syracuse Orange athletes who can elicit universal appeal and adulation from fans anytime they enter into our vision. Many of them were superstars who won championships and went on to Hall of Fame pro careers.
And then there's Rob Long. Not to discount what Rob did at Syracuse, becoming arguably the best punter in school history. But it's what happened when his SU days were ending, how he persevered and what he's doing these days to raise awareness and be an example that make him so special to Orange Nation.
These are busy days for Long as he makes what could be his final push to land a tryout with an NFL team. He was featured today in the Philadelphia Inquirer as the Pennsylvania native continues his training and his quest:
"No coach in the NFL is going to call me today and say you should kick three or four times a week," Long said. "It's up to me to do that."
"I only need one," Long said. "One of the 32 needs to give me a chance. I don't need all of them."
According to the article, Long is no longer represented by an agent and does all the legwork (pun intended) himself.
If you've wanted the chance to chat with Rob, wish him well or ask him a question, you'll get your shot today between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET when he hosts a Google Hangout via SU. Ask questions on Twitter using the Hashtag #RobLongSU.