I was trying to keep Long off this list, mainly because there is an abundance of athletes. It’s easy to cheer for the other team in your city while you’re playing because it’s just something to do on an off day.
However, Long has shown that he cares about the team and the city even after leaving St. Louis. Essentially, he has shown that he’s a real fan.
As KSDK pointed out at the time, Long showed the irony of sports. As a former player that retired elsewhere, he showed more love for the city of St. Louis than the owner of the football team that departed west.
Long was always big in charity work across St. Louis. Sometimes he would involve hockey games in those charity works.
During his playing days, it was harder to get to games due to the NHL season clashing with the NFL for several months. Once spring rolled around, Long would stop in now and again.
Like Fischer, Long’s social media accounts were wall to wall Blues during the 2019 Stanley Cup run. Prior to Long attending Game 3, he managed to combine two of his (and mine) favorite things – hockey and wrestling.
What makes Long endearing, like Molina, is the support for the city as a whole while supporting the hockey team. He made sure to point out that he was a former St. Louis Ram.