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Albert Long, Jr. (A.B.Ed. '55) to be inducted into FCA Hall of Champions

Albert Long, Jr., a former Tar Heel star athlete and 1955 graduate of the School of the Education, was recently named to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Hall of Champions in recognition of his service to the organization.  

Considered one of the greatest athletes in UNC sports history, Long earned seven varsity letters at Carolina in the mid-1950s, including three in baseball, two in football, one in track and one in basketball. He is the only athlete in ACC history to letter in four sports. In 1955, he received the prestigious Patterson Medal, awarded to the University’s top student-athlete.  Since college, Long has been awarded numerous honors from church and community groups and was chosen to serve on the FCA Advisory Council in 1965. Today, he continues to help advance the FCA mission.

“Athletes, by spreading the work of God, can help this country as much as anyone,” he says. “All they have to do is play on the team coached by Him.”

His peers highlight Long’s achievements. Danny Lotz, a member of UNC’s 1957 NCAA basketball championship team and a longtime friend of the former athlete, says that over the years, Long has impacted many people across the state, including Lotz.

“Around the state of North Carolina, you really can’t think of FCA without thinking of Albert Long,” he says. “Albert has probably spoken in more high schools than anyone in our history. I know I was impacted by Albert’s testimony when I was in high school some 35 years ago.”

Other honorees in the FCA Hall of Champions Class of 2007 are former Western Kentucky All-American quarterback and head coach Jimmy Feix and former University of Kansas head coach and UNC assistant coach Dick Harp.

Long currently resides in Durham, N.C. with his wife Jackie.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions was established in 1991 as a way to recognize people who have served the organization. Each honoree, elected by a committee of Board of Trustees, Home Office and Field staff, has demonstrated a consistent commitment to the organization’s vision, mission and values.