After thirteen eventful years of American football, Howie Long retired from the game to pursue other interests, one of which is acting. It’s very rare to see a former athlete make a smooth transition from sports to an acting career, Howie managed to do just that.
Biography of Howie Long (Age)
Born on 6 th January 1960, Howie, as he is more affectionately known, was born in Massachusetts, in a small town called Somerville, but was raised in Charlestown, Boston.
Although currently retired, Howie has made a name for himself in the NFL playing football for a host of clubs, including the Los Angeles Raiders. His time in football started in high school. Howie attended Milford High School Massachusetts where he achieved more or less cult hero status. His exploits back then made him one of the great heroes in the school’s sporting history, leading to his induction into the Milford Hall of Fame. He was your complete athlete and had a bit of everything; He was strong as a bull and very fast.
Howie went on to set state records in the coupput and discus. He also performed in college while pursuing communications studies at Villanova University. Eventually, he was selected for the Blue-Grey Football Classic in 1980 and was named Most Valuable Player.
He had a good start in his freshman and sophomore years, but in his next season he was hit with a recurring thigh injury, but he recovered quickly and moved into defense. He earned All-East honors and an honorable mention in his senior year. Besides being a great college football player, Howie also dabbled in boxing and was the Northern Collegiate Heavyweight 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 size combo and a strong defensive line, Howie won 8 Pro Bowl selections. His “heartbreaking” defensive shot has always been praised every time he breaks the opponent’s blocker’s hold. All in all, the man was an integral part of the team and reached 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 started acting in action movies mostly, he starred in movies such as Firestorm , 3000 Miles to Graceland , In What 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 called the “Howie howl”. Besides his acting career, he has pursued a career in broadcasting and is currently an analyst for Fox Sports’ coverage of the NFL.
Howie Long received the Sports Emmy Award in 1997 as “Outstanding Sports Personality of the Year”. He is the author Football for Dummies , a book that helps beginners in the world of football.
Howie Long hosts his own show on Fox every year – Howie Long’s Tough Guys , a show where he honors the strongest and toughest players in the NFL. The winner receives a Chevrolet truck.
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His family, wife and sons
Howie Long married longtime lover Diane Addonizo just a year after being recruited by the Oakland Raiders in 1982 and the couple were blessed with three sons.
It is evident that football runs in the family as two of his sons follow in his footsteps and take up the sport. His eldest son, Chris Long, is the defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, while his second son, Kyle Long, is the point guard for the Chicago Bears. The only member of his family who does not play professional football is his youngest son, Howie Long Jr. The Long family members are devout Catholics.
Howie Long’s Height
A former professional footballer, it’s no surprise that Howie Long has an impressive, strong build. His body structure has helped him a lot to thrive in the sport and withstand the rigors of professional football. He is 196 cm (6 ft 5) tall and weighs 122 kg (268 lb).