Memorable Trip For Long

There are a lot of folks who think the excitement of the first overall pick was greatly diminished by the fact the Dolphins announced Tuesday they already had signed Jake Long to a five-year contract. Certainly don't count Jake Long among those. For him, everything was just about perfect on Saturday.

"I knew it early, but I'm still the No. 1 pick and I wanted to get it done so I could just worry about football," Long said. "I'm glad it happened like that. To still have my name called and going out on that stage was still breathtaking. It didn't take away from it at all that I already knew."

Long was making his first trip to New York City, and he was accompanied by his two brothers -- John and Joe -- his girlfriend, a buddy and his parents.

"It's crazy here in New York," he said. "It's something you have to get used to, but I've been having a good time with my family and friends and getting to hang out with all the other players."

While the five other top prospects in New York -- Chris Long, Matt Ryan, Darren McFadden, Glenn Dorsey and Vernon Gholston -- sweated out where they were going to get picked and by what team, the experience was different for Long.

"I was a little more relaxed, knew where I was going," he said. "Just being here to make it official."

When it did become official, Long walked out to the podium, where he was met by Commissioner Roger Goodell and was greeted by boos from Jets fans at Radio City Music Hall.

Long enjoyed the moment.

"It solidified it all," he said. "It was just breathtaking to walk out there and shake the commissioner's hand and hold up that jersey. It was a dream come true."

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