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Football great, Howie Long, was born January 6, 1960 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Long played in the NFL as a defensive end. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Howie Long was a second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 1981 NFL Draft and the 48th player selected overall. A four-year letterman at Villanova, Long was the MVP in the 1980 Blue-Gray Game. An all-around athlete, he was a basketball and track star in high school as well as the Northern Collegiate boxing champion.
Long joined the Raiders one year after the team won Super Bowl XV. Three years later, in 1983, the 6-5, 268-pound defensive end helped the team capture another Super Bowl title with a 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. His five-tackle performance in that game capped off a season that saw him record a career-high 13 sacks, including five in one game against the Redskins.
The following season he recorded 58 tackles, 12 sacks, and nine passes defensed and was named the NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association. Long moved into a starting role with the Raiders beginning in the fifth game of the strike-shortened 1982 season.
He went on to be selected to eight Pro Bowls, the first following the 1983 season. Fast, strong, and explosive off the ball, he was just the second Raider defensive lineman to make a Pro Bowl. A first- or second-team All-Pro choice in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1989, he was also named All-AFC four times. In 1985, the hard-playing defensive end accounted for 10 quarterback sacks, with at least one in eight games. As a result, he was selected as Raider Linemanís Club Defensive Lineman of the Year by his teammates.
Although he missed much of the 1988 season due to injury, he still managed to record three sacks and intercept the first pass of his career, which he returned 73 yards in a game against the Houston Oilers. During his 13-year career, Long, a member of the NFLís All-Decade team of the 1980s, recorded 84 career sacks, not including 7.5 sacks in 1981 before the sack was an official NFL statistic.
After his retirement from the NFL following the 1993 season, Long pursued an acting career, focused mainly on action films, including Firestorm, a 1998 film in which he starred. He also appears in the movie Broken Arrow alongside John Travolta. Long played a minor role in the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland, alongside Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, and Courtney Cox. Long also made numerous cameo appearances on TV shows and commercials. He was a spokesman for Radio Shack, making commercials with actress Teri Hatcher. (Some mistakenly believe that Long and Hatcher are married, likely as a result of the playful behavior and closeness they display in the widely circulated Radio Shack commercials.) He has also been featured in many other national commercials and advertising campaigns including those of Coors Light, Nike, Campbell's Chunky Soup, Hanes, Frito Lay, both Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Nabisco, Kraft, and the Bud Bowl campaign.
Currently Howie Long works as a studio analyst for the FOX Network's NFL coverage, where he often plays the "straight man" to the comic antics of co-host Terry Bradshaw as well as writing a column for Foxsports.com . In addition, he hosts an annual award show on FOX, Howie Long's Tough Guys, which honors the NFL players whom he deems the toughest and gives "the toughest" a Chevrolet truck. Long won an Emmy Award in 1997 as "Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst."
Howie Long is an alumnus of, and volunteers his time for, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He was named Walter Camp Man of the Year in 2001.
Howie Long has been married to Diane Addonizio since June 27, 1982, and they have three sons. One son, Christopher, was drafted as a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams; another son, Kyle, is a prospect for the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. The family currently resides in Ivy, Va., near Charlottesville, Virginia.