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Q & A with Bears pick Kyle Long: 'Very excited and grateful'

Kyle Long

Kyle Long

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Updated: April 26, 2013 9:54AM

The Bears selected Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long with the No. 20 selection during the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday. Here's Long's conference call with reporters afterward:

Long's opening statement: "I'm very excited and grateful to be a Chicago Bear. I didn't expect to go this high in the draft. I'm just very excited to join an organization with such a great history and such a great fan base. Not enough can be said about the Chicago Bears organization."

On if it is a good or bad thing coming from a famous football family: "Well, like with anything, you take the good with the bad. Obviously the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. With the wealth of knowledge they have in the game of football, they've been able to help me a lot through this process and I'm obviously grateful for having them and their knowledge."

On his predraft visit with the Bears: "I wasn't surprised I ended up being picked by the Bears. I had a great visit with coach [Aaron] Kromer and I really enjoyed my time in Chicago. I had a great opportunity to sit down and get to know the people within the building. I got to O'Hare, I was getting ready to fly back home and I had a great feeling about Chicago. Obviously, coach Kromer is a great coach and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to try to earn the respect of my teammates and hopefully be able to help the Chicago Bears."

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