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2011 season: Capital One Bowl

NU running back Rex Burkhead (22) gets a block from Spencer Long during the 2011 Capital One Bowl.

Spencer Long stayed unemployed only briefly. 

The former Nebraska offensive lineman, cut one week ago by the New York Jets, agreed to a three-year deal with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, the team announced. 

Long previously signed a four-year, $27.5 million contract with the Jets before the 2018 season and started 13 games but was cut Feb. 7. 

Long, a third-round draft pick by Washington after his Husker career, has played in 53 NFL games, including 44 starts. 

Coincidentally, NU coach Scott Frost pointed to Long as the perfect example of what the Huskers' walk-on program can accomplish. 

"Some of the guys we have are big and have huge frames and are good athletes," Frost said last week. "Spencer Long is just a great example of what we’re looking for. He’s a guy that was a (high school) tight end. I don’t think he ran quite well enough to be an NFL tight end, but he had a huge frame and was a really good athlete. A guy in this program got in strength conditioning and ends up being a great player in the NFL." 

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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