CHICAGO - Former Saint Xavier University senior kicker/punter Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) is featured in the June 2 edition of ESPN The Magazine after recently signing a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears following the 2008 NFL Draft in late April. The story (found on page 78 of the printed edition) provides a brief recap of the happenings of Longest over the last few months, including his signing with the Bears as well as his proposal to girlfriend, Tara Cavazos, a fellow SXU student. He is currently participating in a number of Chicago Bears mini-camps, which will continue throughout the remainder of the summer.
Longest had a monster senior season with the Cougars last fall helping lead the team to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NAIA Championship Series. He handled all kicking duties (field goals, punting, and kickoffs) for the team in 2007 and excelled in every facet. Longest led the entire NAIA and set a new national record with 27 field goals made this past fall and was also the NAIA's third best punter with a 43.2 yards per punt average. In December 2007, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team and was one of just three specialists to make the team.To view the online version of the Longest story, please click here