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Jun 26, 2013 8:35 PM by Andrew Masuda

MB High grad Long signs with Cowboys within days of birth of first child

It's been a memorable last seven days for Morro Bay High graduate Jerome Long. The Los Osos native signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys and welcomed his first child to the world within days of each other.

The 23 year old tried out for the Cowboys during their rookie minicamp in May. Dallas opted not to sign the 6-4, 285 pound defensive end then, but changed its mind after the club released DE Anthony Hargrove last week.

On top of that, Long's wife gave birth to the couple's first child, a baby girl, this past weekend.

"The due date was actually on Sunday, the day after she was born. But we knew we wanted induce her. She was already getting kind of big already. And then ya, it was such a surprise for the cowboys to call. It just seemed like nothing was going to happen so it was a great relief," said Long during a phone interview with KSBY.

Long was picked in the seventh round in 2012 by the Kansas City Chiefs after a standout career at San Diego State. He spent last year on the Chiefs' practice squad until Jacksonville signed him off KC's practice squad. The Jaguars cut him in April.

Long is one of 13 defensive linemen on the Cowboys' 90 man roster. The team is planning to shift to a 4-3 defensive scheme. The team opens training camp in Oxnard on July 20.

Long recorded 73 tackles and 5 sacks his senior year at SDSU. He finished his career with 163 tackles and 9 sacks for the Aztecs.

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