Howie Long

Howard Matthew Moses Long (born January 6, 1960) is an American former National Football League (NFL) defensive end, actor and current sports analyst. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons and spent his entire career with the Raiders franchise, in Oakland during his rookie campaign in 1981 and in Los Angeles from 1982 to 1993. During his tenure as a player, Long was named to eight Pro Bowls and helped the Los Angeles Raiders win a championship in Super Bowl XVIII in 1984. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

After retiring, Long pursued a career in acting and broadcasting. He currently serves as a studio analyst for Fox Sports' NFL coverage.

Howie Long
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Long in 2000
No. 75
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:January 6, 1960 (age 59)
Somerville, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Milford (MA)
NFL Draft:1981 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Fumble recoveries:10
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Long was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and was raised in Charlestown, Boston.[1]

He attended Milford High School in Milford, Massachusetts and is a member of the Milford Hall of Fame. Long was an all-around athlete, playing football (lettered three years and was named to the Scholastic Coach All-America team as a senior, although he had never played football until age 15), basketball (lettered three years as a forward), and track (lettered three years, competing in the shot put, discus, and javelin). Long also set state records in the shot put and discus.

College career

Long played college football and earned a degree in communications at Villanova University. He was a four-year letterman at Villanova and was selected to play in the Blue–Gray Football Classic and was named the MVP in 1980. As a freshman, Long started every game and had 99 tackles. As a sophomore, Long led Villanova in sacks with five and recorded 78 tackles. The next season, 1979, Long sustained a thigh injury, missed three games, and ended the season with 46 tackles. As a senior, Long again led the Wildcats with four sacks and had 84 tackles. He began as a tight end but was moved to the defensive line playing mostly noseguard his first two seasons. After moving to defensive end, he earned All-East honors and honorable mention All-American by his senior year.[2] Long also boxed at Villanova and was the Northern Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

Professional career

Selected in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, Long would play 13 seasons for the club, wearing the number 75. On the Raiders defensive line, Long earned eight Pro Bowl selections.

He had high aspirations early in his career. He told Football Digest in 1986 that he wanted "Financial security, and I want to be in the Hall of Fame. That's my goal. And I'd like to win a few more Super Bowls."[3] Along the way, he was also named first team All-Pro three times (in 1983, '84, and '85) and second team All-Pro twice (in 1986 and 1989). He was selected by John Madden to the All-Madden teams in 1984 and 1985 and was named to the 10th Anniversary All-Madden team in 1994.

Long was voted the NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year and the NFLPA AFC Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1985. He capped off a stellar 1985 season earning the George S. Halas Trophy for having been voted the NEA's co-NFL Defensive Player of the Year (along with Andre Tippett). He was also named the Seagrams' Seven Crown NFL Defensive Player of the year. The following year, Long was voted the Miller Lite NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. Both those awards were taken by polls of NFL players. In 1986, Long was voted to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl and was key in helping the Raiders record 63 sacks and being the number one defense in the AFC.[4] From 1983-86 the Raiders defense recorded 249 sacks, which tied with the Chicago Bears for tops in the NFL over that span.

Long collected 91​12 sacks during his career (7​12 are not official, as sacks were not an official statistic during his rookie year).[5] His career high was in 1983 with 13 sacks, including a career-high five against the Washington Redskins on October 2, 1983. He also intercepted two passes and recovered 10 fumbles during his 13-year career. At the time of his retirement, he was the last player still with the team who had been a Raider before the franchise moved to Los Angeles. He won the Super Bowl XVIII title as the left defensive end with the Raiders (1983 season), beating the Washington Redskins, as he outplayed the opposing offensive tackle, George Starke; the vaunted Redskin running game led by John Riggins had only 90 yards in 32 rush attempts.

Long's signature defensive move was the "rip," which employed a quick, uppercut-like motion designed to break an opposing blocker's grip.

Pro Football Weekly (PFW) named Long as one of the ends on its All-time 3-4 defensive front, along with Lee Roy Selmon, Curley Culp, Lawrence Taylor, Andre Tippett, Randy Gradishar, and Harry Carson. PFW based its "Ultimate 3-4" team on the vote of over 40 former NFL players, coaches, and scouts.[6]

After football

After his retirement from the NFL following the 1993 season, Long pursued an acting career, focused mainly on action films—including Firestorm, a 1998 feature in which he starred. He also appeared as a co-star in the suspense movie Broken Arrow, alongside star John Travolta. He played a minor role in the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland alongside Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Courteney Cox. In That Thing You Do!, Long appears as Mr. White's (Tom Hanks) "partner" Lloyd in the extended cut of the movie, released on DVD in 2007. Long's part was entirely cut from the theatrical release.[7]

Long also made numerous cameo appearances on TV shows and commercials. Long was a spokesman for Radio Shack, making commercials with actress Teri Hatcher. 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, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Nabisco, Kraft, the Bud Bowl campaign, Honda and currently for Chevrolet.

In March 1986, Long told Inside Sports, "When I'm finished playing, I'd like to stay in touch with football, through broadcasting. I'm qualified to give a certain perspective and I'm articulate enough to handle it."[8] After his retirement, he began 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 and he writes a column for[9] 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 a Sports Emmy Award in 1997 as "Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst."[10]

He is also the author of Football for Dummies, a book to help average fans understand the basics of professional football; it is part of the For Dummies series by Wiley Publishing. He 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 by the Walter Camp Foundation.

After his football career, Long became known for his use of a popular stock sound effect in the movie Broken Arrow. During his death scene, the sound effect is used, which became known as the Howie scream.

Personal life

Long married Diane Addonizio in 1982, and has three sons. His eldest, Chris is a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles. His middle son, Kyle is a guard for the Chicago Bears.[11] His youngest, Howie Jr., works in player personnel for the Raiders.[12] Long is a Roman Catholic.[13]

Further reading

  • Long, Howie (2007) Football for Dummies, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-12536-6.


  1. ^ Doherty, Bob (January 8, 2014). "The Somerville Times Historical Fact of the Week – January 8". The Somerville Times. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  2. ^ 1982 Los Angeles Raiders Media Guide
  3. ^ "Football Digest, June, 1986". Archived from the original on September 9, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "Pro Football Hall of". Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  6. ^ Borges, Ron (January 21, 2008). "Hard-Nosed" (PDF). Pro Football Weekly. 22 (29): 16. ISSN 0032-9053. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 29, 2008.
  7. ^ "DVD". DVD Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Inside Sports, March, 1986". Archived from the original on September 9, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  9. ^ Foxsports column archive Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^, LLC. "Howie Long biography". Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  11. ^ Farrar, Doug (April 25, 2013). "Chicago Bears select Oregon OT Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "Oakland Raiders - Administrative Staff".
  13. ^ Ratcliffe, Jerry (April 16, 2011). "Long and Bradshaw: A bond strong as brothers". The Daily Progress. Charlottesville, Virginia. Retrieved May 2, 2013.

External links

1980 Villanova Wildcats football team

The 1980 Villanova Wildcats football team represented the Villanova University during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. The head coach was Dick Bedesem, coaching his sixth season with the Wildcats. The team played their home games at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Future NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long was a senior nose guard on the team. In April 1981 the Villanova University Board of Trustees announced the discontinuation of football effective immediately. The decision was highly controversial and triggered efforts resulting in the restoration of football at the Division 1-AA level in 1985.

1983 All-Pro Team

The 1983 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News in 1983. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The NEA chose two inside linebackers for the first time, as a reflection of the 3-4 which was the common alignment for NFL defenses in the mid-1980s.

1983 Los Angeles Raiders season

The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders season was the franchise's 24th season overall, and the franchise's 14th season in the National Football League. The team began by attempting to improve on their 8–1 record from 1982. The 1983 season was the second season in Los Angeles. The 1983 season is also the Raiders third Super Bowl winning season. To date, it was the team's most recent NFL championship season. The Raiders also remain the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

NFL Films titled the season highlights of the 1983 Los Angeles Raiders, Just Win, Baby!, narrated by John Facenda, and on November 24, 2006, NFL Network aired America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions, the 1983 Los Angeles Raiders, ranking them #20, with team commentary from Marcus Allen, Todd Christensen and Howie Long, and narrated by Alec Baldwin.

1985 Los Angeles Raiders season

The 1985 Los Angeles Raiders season was their 26th in the league. They improved upon their previous season's output of 11–5, winning 12 games. The team qualified for the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Two close victories over Denver towards the end of the season gave Los Angeles the division title, while Denver missed the playoffs despite an 11-5 record.

1991 Los Angeles Raiders season

The 1991 Los Angeles Raiders season was their 32nd in the National Football League (NFL). They were unable to improve upon their previous season's output of 12–4, winning only nine games. After a 9–4 start, the team lost its last three games, but did qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season. The Raiders were inconsistent offensively, with struggling quarterback Jay Schroeder eventually benched in favor of rookie Todd Marinovich. It was notable that future Hall of Famer Marcus Allen's role was restricted mainly to backing up newly acquired Roger Craig, and future All-Pro Tim Brown also played mostly as a reserve, starting only one game. The loss of Bo Jackson to a career-ending injury also clearly had an impact. A solid defense was led by Howie Long, Greg Townsend (13 sacks) and Ronnie Lott (8 interceptions).

1993 Pro Bowl

The 1993 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1992 season. The game was played on February 7, 1993, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was AFC — 23, NFC — 20. Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills was the game's MVP. This was the first Pro Bowl to go into overtime. All four starting linebackers of the New Orleans Saints, who were collectively nicknamed the Dome Patrol, were part of the NFC squad. The Dome Patrol consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling. The game's referee was Howard Roe.

Broken Arrow (1996 film)

Broken Arrow is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by John Woo, written by Graham Yost, and starring John Travolta, Christian Slater, and Samantha Mathis. The film's main themes include the theft of two American nuclear weapons, the attempts of U.S. military authorities to recover them, and the feud between Travolta and Slater's characters.

Chris Long

Christopher Howard Long (born March 28, 1985) is an American football defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame member Howie Long. He played college football at Virginia, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was selected by the St. Louis Rams as the second overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Long has also played for the New England Patriots, winning a championship with them in Super Bowl LI in 2017. The following season, he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles, who in turn defeated the Patriots. He won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for 2018.

Curt Menefee

Curt Menefee (born July 22, 1965) is an American sportscaster who is currently the host of the Fox network's NFL show Fox NFL Sunday. His co-hosts are Jimmy Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Michael Strahan.

Dollar for the Dead

Dollar for the Dead is a 1998 TNT western television film. Film directed and written by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez. It is the third western film which Estevez stars. Film also stars William Forsythe, Joaquim de Almeida, Jonathan Banks, Ed Lauter and Howie Long. Actor Jordi Mollà nominated for Fotogramas de Plata award.

Dollar for the Dead is often perceived as a tribute to the 1960s spaghetti westerns, with a liberal dose of modern Hong Kong film-making thrown in. Emilio Estevez portrays a "man with no name" role, stylistically akin to Clint Eastwood's 1960s westerns. The film also portrays an atmosphere similar to those of the 60s, with numerous visual and character references to Sergio Leone's Clint Eastwood films Per un pugno di dollari, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, as well as non-Eastwood movies like Once Upon a Time in the West, The Wild Bunch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and so on.

Firestorm (1998 film)

Firestorm is a 1998 action thriller film directed by Dean Semler, and starring Howie Long, Scott Glenn, William Forsythe and Suzy Amis.

Fox NFL Sunday

Fox NFL Sunday is an American sports television program on Fox that debuted on September 4, 1994, and serves as the pre-game show for the network's National Football League game telecasts under the Fox NFL brand. An audio simulcast of the program airs on sister radio network Fox Sports Radio, which is distributed by Premiere Radio Networks. As of 2014, the program has won four Emmy Awards.

List of NFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the National Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the NFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the NFL Championship Game.

List of Super Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of Super Bowl broadcasters, that is, all of the national American television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the first four AFL-NFL World Championship Games and thereafter the championship games of the National Football League. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

List of Villanova Wildcats in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Villanova Wildcats in the NFL Draft.

Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Event Analyst

The Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst and Outstanding Sports Personality, Sports Event Analyst made their debuts at the awards show in different years — 1993 for the Studio Analyst award and 1997 for the Sports Event Analyst award. Before 1993, an Emmy was awarded in just one combined category. That list of winners will also be featured here.

Reggie Kinlaw

Reggie Kinlaw (born January 9, 1957) is a former American football defensive tackle who played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners and for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Seattle Seahawks in the National Football League. He graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School.

Drafted in the final round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Kinlaw soon worked his way into the rotation on the defensive line. He went on to become a mainstay at the nose tackle position, starting on Raider Super Bowl winners following the 1980 and 1983 seasons. He was considered an unsung hero on those defenses, which featured stars like Ted Hendricks, Rod Martin, Matt Millen, and, later, Howie Long, Lyle Alzado, and Greg Townsend. Despite being somewhat undersized at 6-2 and 250 pounds, Kinlaw's quickness demanded double teams, freeing up his teammates to make big plays.

Reggie Kinlaw now coaches the defensive line on the varsity level at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, California. His son Reggie Kinlaw, Jr. also coaches defensive line on the Junior Varsity level at St. Francis High School.

Stock sound effect

A stock sound effect is a prerecorded sound effect intended to be reused with an entertainment product, as opposed to creating a new and unique sound effect. It is intended to work within a sound effect library.

Straight Outta L.A.

Straight Outta L.A. is a 2010 documentary film directed by Ice Cube and produced by Hunting Lane Films for ESPN's 30 for 30 of the Los Angeles Raiders (now Oakland Raiders) time in Los Angeles and the effect had on Los Angeles and LA Hip Hop through the rise of gangsta rap and the connection between the two solidified through the group N.W.A.

The documentary features Ice Cube, city leaders and other hip hop figures talking about the rise of Gangsta Rap and NWA and Al Davis, Howie Long, Marcus Allen and other Raiders players and administrators talking about the team's time in LA from 1982 to 1994.

In 1982, an anti-trust lawsuit was filed against the National Football League by the Raiders and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after the NFL refused to let the Raiders Move to Los Angeles. After the first case was declared a mistrial, in May 1982 a second jury found in favor of Davis and the Los Angeles Coliseum, clearing the way for the move. Around the same time, the nearby South Central Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton, California was experiencing an uprising of guns, gangs and hip hop (the film argues that Reaganomics was behind this phenomenon). This led to the rise of the group N.W.A. (Niggaz with Attitude) whose music was built of the real life experiences in South Central Los Angeles with gang violence, police brutality and hustling. The group needed a unified look and used the brand of the Raiders for that which combined with being in America's number 2 media market and the team's early success in Los Angeles led to an explosion in the popularity of the Raiders and their brand.

Ice Cube, an LA native and big fan of the Raiders tells the story of the time with anecdotes and back story from the others featured in the film. Ice Cube's reason for being part of the film was that he did not believe that the story of the Raiders time in LA and the effects it had on Los Angeles could ever be told correctly otherwise.

Howie Long

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