Rod Long
End 18
185 lbs.
Last School
Elko High, Nev.
Roster Years

Profile Information: 

  • Basketball and Track athlete at Elko High School in Elko, Nevada
  • Became the Nevada state champion in the high jump at Elko High School
  • Moved to Draper, Utah, after high school
  • A veteran who came to BYU as a freshman at the age of 22
  • Competed on the BYU Track team
  • Didn't play football until coming to BYU
  • Became known at BYU for his speed and pass-catching ability as well as good defense
  • One of 10 BYU players called to the armed services prior to the 1950 season
  • Physical Education major
  • Married prior to the 1949 football season
  • Father of Rocky Long, who went on to play college and professional football before becoming a college football coach
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 1946

  • Came to BYU new to the game of football, having lettered in basketball and track in high school where he was the high jump state champion out of Elko High School in Nevada
  • Moved to Draper, Utah 
Sophmore Year 1948

  • Entered the year with a good chance to become a starting end for the Cougars
  • Specialized in catching passes as a fast player with track experience
  • Lettered in 1948
Junior Year 1949

  • One of three receivers along with Glen Clark and Max Tolbert highlighted as the team's primary receivers
  • Lettered in 1949
  • Was married prior to the 1949 season
  • Was one of 10 players called to the Armed Services following the school year prior to the 1950 football season
Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 1947

Medical Redshirt Year 1947

  • Was kept out of play in 1947 with a shoulder injury