After thirteen eventful years in the top flight of American Football, Howie Long retired from the game to pursue other interests, one of which is Acting. It is very rare to see an ex-athlete make a seamless transition from sports to a career in acting, Howie has managed to do so.
Howie Long Biography (Age)
Born on the 6th of January in 1960, Howie, as he is more fondly called, was born in Massachusetts in a small town called Somerville, however, he was raised in Charlestown, Boston.
Though currently retired, Howie made his name in the NFL playing football for a host of clubs including the Los Angeles Raiders. His sojourn into football began back in High School. Howie attended Milford High School Massachusetts were he attained more or less a cult hero status. His exploits back then enshrined him as one of the greats in the school’s sporting history, culminating in him being inducted into the Milford Hall of Fame. He was your all-around athlete and had a bit of everything; he was strong as a bull and very quick off the mark.
Howie went ahead to set state records in the shot put and discus. He also played in College while studying to earn a degree in Communications at the Villanova University. Eventually, he was selected to play for the Blue-Gray Football Classic in 1980 and was named the Most Valuable Player.
He had a solid start in his freshman and sophomore year but in his next season he was hit by a recurring thigh injury but soon recovered and moved to defensive end. He earned All-East honors and an honorable mention by his senior year. Aside from being a bigshot footballer in college, Howie also delved into boxing and was the Northern Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
After leaving college in 1980, he was soon selected in the second round of the 1981 draft by the Oakland Raiders where Howie would play for 13 seasons, wearing the iconic number 75. With a combo of size and strong defensive line, Howie earned 8 Pro Bowl selections. His “rip” signature defensive move always received a thumbs up each time it breaks an opposing player’s blocker’s grip. In all, the man was an integral part of the team and made it to the super bowl XVIII in 1984. In 2000, he was honored for his contributions and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After a truly successful professional football career, Howie Long retired after the 1993 NFL season. After retirement, he began featuring in predominantly action movies, he starred in films such as Firestorm, 3000 Miles to Graceland, In That You Do! and Broken Arrow alongside John Travolta. In Broken Arrow, he had a popular sound effect attributed to him during his death scene which was soon termed the “Howie Scream”. Aside from his acting career, he has pursued a broadcasting career and is presently an analyst for Fox Sports’ NFL coverage.
Howie Long was the recipient of the Sports Emmy Award in 1997 as “Outstanding Sports Personality of the Year”. He authored Football for Dummies, a book that helps rookies in the world of football.
Howie Long hosts his own show annually on Fox – Howie Long’s Tough Guys, a show where he honors the strongest and toughest NFL players. The winner gets a Chevrolet truck.
His Family, Wife, and Sons
Howie Long got married to his long-term Sweetheart Diane Addonizo just a year after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1982 and the couple has been blessed with three sons.
It is apparent that Football flows in the family as two of his sons are following in his footsteps and are going into the sport. His eldest son Chris Long is a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles while his second son Kyle Long is a point guard for the Chicago Bears. The only member of his family not involved in pro ball is his last son Howie Long Jr. The Long family members are devout Roman Catholics.
Howie Long’s Height
Being an ex-professional footballer, it is no surprise that Howie Long has an impressive, strong body build. His body structure extensively helped him to thrive in the sport and withstand the rigors of professional football. He stands at an impressive 6 ft 5 (196 cm) and weighs 268 lbs (122kg).