Howie Long (full name Howard Matthew Moses “Howie” Long) is an actor, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and currently Fox Sports Network's NFL analyst. He also authored Football for Dummies, 3rd edition in 2007. He was a NFL defensive end player from 1981 to 1993. He is 6.5 feet in height and a net worth approximated at $16 million.
Long attended the Milford High School in Milford, Massachussets where he is also a Milford Hall of Famer. His bio and stats shows that he was equally adept in other sports as an all rounder. He played football, basketball and track events setting the state records in shot put and discus events. He was named for the Scholastic Coach All-America team as a senior even though he played football only after age 15.
Attending Villanova University, Long played football at the collegiate level for four years being selected for the Blue-Gray Football Classic and named the MVP in 1980.
Initially playing in the tight end position, Long was moved to the defensive line after which he earned All-East honors and All-American honorable mentions. He was also the Northern Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Champion while in Villanova.
Long was drafted in 1981 by Oakland Raiders, where in 13 seasons he earned eight Pro Bowl selections due to his excellent performance backed up by his size, strength and speed. He was also named first team All-Pro (thrice in 1983, 1984 and 1985) and second team All-Pro (twice in 1986 and 1989). He was twice selected for the All-Madden teams in 1984 and 1985 by John Madden, and also named in 1994 to the 10th Anniversary All-Madden team.
In 1985, Long was voted the NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year as well as the NFLPA – AFC Defensive Lineman of the Year. He also had an impressive season the same year, winning by the poll of NFL players themselves the George S. Halas Trophy for being voted the NEA's co-NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and also being named Seagrams' Seven Crown NFL Defensive Player of the Year. 1986 saw Long as the number one defense in the AFC and also voted to Pro Bowl for the fourth consecutive time. Until his retirement, he was the last Raider player still with the team before the franchise moved to Los Angeles. In 1983, he won the Super Bowl XVIII title, outplaying the opposing offensive tackle George Starke of the Washington Redskins. He was named by Pro Football Weekly (PFW) as one of its All-time 3-4 defensive front, based on votes from over 40 ex-NFL players, coaches and scouts.
Long pursued a career in acting upon his retirement in 1993, and can be seen in these movies, TV shows and commercials : In 'N Out (1984), Firestorm (1998), Dollar for the Dead (1998), 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001), Broken Arrow (1996), That Thing You Do! (2007/DVD Extended Cut), Coors Light, Nike, Frito Lay, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Honda, Chevrolet among many others.
Long and his wife Diane Addonizio have been married since 27th June 1982 and the couple have 3 sons : Christopher, Kyle and Howard Jr. Chris and Kyle are both NFL footballers like their father. Like father, like son, eh?