As I recall, his first 3 or 4 were very disappointing. He looked fantastic when he touched the ball, but he only touched it about once each quarter. It was as if he was so shy that he was reluctant to draw attention to himself by getting involved in the action.
Then after those first few he was dropped. Or semi-dropped. Dropped but named as an emergency. And sure enough, one of the named players didn’t make it and Long was brought back in.
Played a blinder and never looked back.
At least that’s how I remember it, nearly 30 years later without any checking. And I’ve always wondered whether the Clayton’s dropping was a Sheedy cunning plan.