Former Titan hospitalized after car crash

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 12:13pm

Former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Rien Long is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being involved in a single-car accident just before midnight in downtown Nashville Monday.

Long, 26, drove his 2005 Ford Mustang onto I-40 from the Broadway ramp at a high speed, according to a statement from Metro Nashville Police.

As the Mustang approached the bottom of the ramp, it went into a clockwise slide, left the roadway, traveled up an embankment, and collided with a rock wall on the driver’s side. The car then rolled over and fell back to the roadway, landing on its roof.

A passenger in the car, Wesley Stephens, 28, of Nashville, was transported to Vanderbilt with non-critical injuries.

The investigation to this point shows that excessive speed is the contributing factor to the crash.

The Titans issued the following statement regarding Long’s injury.

“We are aware of Rien’s accident and several members of the organization visited him last night. We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Rien and his family during this difficult time. Any questions about his condition will be handled by the hospital and Rien’s family,” the statement said.

Long was a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 2003 out of Washington State where he had won the Outland Trophy his junior season.

Long played three seasons with the team before suffering a torn right Achilles tendon in training camp in 2006. Long rehabbed the injury, but had complications that delayed his progress. He attempted to make a comeback in 2007, but was waived/injured just before the start of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Long was in the process of attempting to resurrect his football career, as he had recently had a tryout with the Cleveland Browns.

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By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Sounds like this guy is a complete idiot. Why would you speed down a ramp to get onto a busy interstate? What a retard.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Wow, new yorker, a lot of class! Everyone knows you shouldn't speed, but right now his health is the issue, retard! Godspeed Rien.

By: junebugfan on 12/31/69 at 7:00

So I take it you won't be saying a prayer for his recovery, NYer?

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

No, I do wish the guy a quick and successful recovery, but actions like that just gets on my damn nerves.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I can remember riding the the car with my oldest brother and he started speeding and playing behind the wheel, needless to say, I reached over and slapped the $hit out of him.A vehicle is nothing to play around in and I take driving very serious.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

NY, that we can agree on.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

TITAN1, what you and I should be discussing is you taking me out to dinner and then you charter a jet and take me on a fabulous shopping spree in New York and then on over to Paris.

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Not to dismiss that it appears Long was driving recklessly, your hasty criticism NYer is a little overwrought and reactionary. I sincerely doubt the interstate was all that "busy" just before midnight.