Howie Long Speaker Profile
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Howie Long Biography
Howie Long was born January 6, 1960, in Charlestown, Massachusetts and is a former National Football League defensive end and actor. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. He is currently a studio analyst for Fox Network's NFL coverage.
Drafted 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. His very rare combination of size, strength and quickness made him a fearsome force on the Raiders defensive line, earning eight Pro Bowl selections. Long 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." 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). The fact that he was often, if not usually, double-teamed by opponents makes these honors that much more remarkable. 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 both 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). Additionally he was named the Seagrams' Seven Crown NFL Defensive Player of the year. The following year, 1986, 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. 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 91Â½ sacks during his career (7Â½ are not official, as sacks were not an official statistic during his rookie year). His career high was in 1983 with 13 sacks, including a career-high 5 against the Washington Redskins on October 2, 1983. He also intercepted 2 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, and as 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.
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Posted on 24 June 2015 | 11:03 pm
Oakland Raiders legend Howie Long and his wife Diane have announced that they are going to give back to the school that they feel gave them so much, Villanova University, with a $1 Million dollar commitment donation to the institution. The university is on a quest to raise $600 million dollars through a Comprehensive Capital Campaign to improve certain parts of the school, and thanks to...[Read More]
Posted on 1 April 2014 | 11:42 am
Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end, Howie Long teams up with Allstate to help one lucky winner score a VIP Trip to the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. Be part of a historic opportunity to name the greatest team of all time. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame by voting for the Allstate Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Time Team and...[Read More]
Posted on 23 November 2012 | 3:35 pm
NFL fans across the country love coming home after a long day at work on Monday to turn on Monday Night Football. Now those same fans can enjoy their Monday Night Football with Hall of Fame Defensive End Howie Long thanks to Citibank. Citibank has partnered with Howie Long to help live out the dreams of those who have always wanted to watch a football game with an NFL...[Read More]
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