Distinguished Alumnus: Jake Long is a world-class athlete, philanthropist

Jake Long, Lapeer East High School Class of 2003.
Jake Long, Lapeer East High School Class of 2003.

Jake Long is unquestionably the most decorated athlete in the history of Lapeer Community Schools. In 2002, Long led East to its first trip to the state playoffs since 1993 and became the school’s first all-state “Dream Team” member in football. Long was also all-state in basketball.

After graduation from East, Long spent four years at the University of Michigan playing for head coach Lloyd Carr. At Michigan, he was a two-time consensus All-American offensive tackle. After earning his college degree, the Miami Dolphins made Long the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Long played in Miami from 2008-2012 before being traded to the St. Louis Rams. Jake has been named All-Pro twice and has been invited to the Pro Bowl four times. During his NFL career, Long has played for the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams.

Jake married his college sweetheart in 2012 and together they dedicate both time and resources to many charitable causes. Their passion is working to raise funds for North Star Reach, a camp for kids with serious health challenges. In St. Louis, Long and his wife are involved in the Clinton Global Initiative, helping to rebuild community spaces. They are also big supporters of Susan G. Komen’s Walk for the Cure to support breast cancer research.
Jake has been very generous in his giving to the Lapeer East football program and is an annual supporter of the program’s golf outing. He has also donated equipment to high school football programs in Michigan, including his alma mater.

John Wilmers, a family friend: “Jake is an incredible example of a person who was given tremendous athletic ability, one who set goals and worked hard. He was surrounded by a loving family and challenging coaches. His journey was not an easy one. He had serious injuries on the field, many he played through, some took him off the field, some required surgery. His dedication and perseverance, his mental and physical toughness, his faith and certainly his roots made the difference.”

Our four 2013 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor inductees will be honored on October 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Administration & Services Center, 250 Second St., Lapeer.

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