Newly Ripped Kyle Long Hints at Return to Football, Bears Fans React

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Getty Kyle Long while with the Chicago Bears.

Former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long seems to be doing some flirting on social media. Not with another person, per se, but with a return to the gridiron. Long, who retired shortly after the 2019 season was over, has gotten shredded in the following months, and he has been sharing a good deal of photos showing off the results of all his hard work. He has also sent out a few cryptic tweets some have interpreted as hints at a possible return.

In mid-May, Long shared a video of himself dunking a basketball, looking more spry than ever. Pro Football Weekly’s Hub Arkush promptly retweeted the video, wondering whether Long could be hinting at a possible return to football.

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Now, it’s looking like Long may be dropping more hints at a possible comeback. “When you just got 6 abs and now you gotta gain again,” Long tweeted.

If he’s hinting at gaining weight to enable a return or whether he’s just teasing fans, the tweet sent Bears fans into a tizzy regardless.

Long has been adamant since his retirement that the laundry list of injuries he sustained in his seven-year career has left him wanting to rest and relax — not go back to getting injured all over again. He has shared his recent body transformation, but he has also shared numerous photos of himself golfing, and has expressed a desire to utilize his new-found fitness to take up bow hunting during retirement.

Still, Long has shared multiple images and videos of himself getting shredded, and at 270 lbs., he is lighter than he was in high school, and his physical transformation has been undeniably impressive.

Kyle Long Is Looking More Ripped Than Ever These Days…

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A post shared by Kyle (@kylelong75) on May 28, 2020 at 11:29am PDT

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It ain’t much but it’s honest work 😂

A post shared by Kyle (@kylelong75) on May 24, 2020 at 8:09am PDT

Long has gone on record multiple times saying he would be interested in pursuing a career in sports media or broadcasting now that his playing days are over, and that could still be an option for him — although his latest tweet would sort of contradict that. Long recently told Colin Cowherd that he had lost the weight in part because he wouldn’t mind an analyst gig on TV, so it would be odd to see him gaining weight for a job on television.

If Long was planning a comeback, would it be with the Bears?

Based on his recent replies, it’s anyone’s guess. Long has said on multiple occasions that he would never play for another NFL team other than the Chicago Bears.

But he also tweeted this just a few days ago…

Is it possible some other team has convinced him to un-retire? Sure. It’s possible despite being highly unlikely.

Long has, however, also noted multiple times that he has yet to submit his retirement papers, so the drama continues until his next tweet.

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