Howie Long is an American sports analyst, actor, and retired professional football player. As a footballer, Howie played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders as a defensive end. As an actor, he has appeared in a number of films such as Broken Arrow (1996) and Firestorm (1998). On the side of sports broadcasting, Long works for Fox Network and Fox Sports as an NFL coverage studio analyst and columnist respectively.
Howie Long’s Bio (Age)
He was born as Howard Moses Matthew Long on 6th January 1960. Howie’s birthplace is Somerville, Massachusetts but he grew up in Charlestown, Boston, both in the United States. Howie’s parents, Margaret and Howard Long divorced while he was still a child. His mother who was epileptic could not raise him alone so he lived with his grandmother and uncles who helped in his upbringing.
On completing his elementary and middle school, Long went back to Massachusetts where he attended the Milford High School. At Milford, he was an all-round sports star, lettered three years in football, basketball and track events (including javelin, shot put and discus). Howie who only started playing football at fifteen became so good in the game during high school that he was also named to the Scholastic Coach All-America team as a senior.
After high school, Howie Long enrolled at the Villanova University in Radnor, Pennsylvania where he joined the college football team, receiving the letters throughout his four college years. In addition to football, Long also participated in Boxing while at Villanova, emerging the Northern Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Champion. He graduated in 1981 with a degree in Communications.
Professional Football Career
Howie Long began his professional football career with the Oakland Raiders (now Los Angeles Raiders) who picked him at no. 48 in the second round of the 1981 NFL draft. For the Raiders, Howie played as a defensive end with jersey number 75.
After a 13-year professional career (all of which he spent with the Raiders), Long retired from football, precisely at the end of the 1993 season. During his time with the Raiders, Long was a one-time Super Bowl (XVIII) Champion, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a three-time First-team All-Pro, and a two-time Second-team All-Pro. In 1985, he emerged the NFL and NFLPA AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
Following his retirement, Howie Long ventured into acting, mainly featuring in action movies. Some of the works he appeared in are Broken Arrow (1996), That Thing You Do! (1996), Firestorm (1998), Dollar for the Dead (1998), and 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001).
In addition to acting, Long tried his hands in broadcasting, working as an NFL coverage studio analyst on Fox Network. He also works as a columnist for the Fox Sports website as well as hosts Fox’s annual award show, Howie Long’s Tough Guys. In 1997, Howie Long won Emmy’s “Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst”, and in 2000, he became inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Long also does advertising and has made cameo appearances on numerous television shows and adverts. He also advertised for national and multi-national companies including Taco Bell, Kraft, Honda, Coca-cola, Nike, Pepsi, and lately Chevrolet and General Motors, among many others. Howie as well served as the spokesperson for Radio Shack and did commercials for the station alongside actress Teri Hatcher.
In 2007, Howie Long authored a book titled “Football For Dummies”, a part of Wiley Publishers’ For Dummies series.
Meet Howie Long’s Family – His Wife and Sons
Howie Long started a family in 1982 after marrying Diane Adonizio, on June 27. Howie met his future wife in the late 1970s while they were both studying at the University of Villanova. Together with Diane, Howie has three sons – Christopher Howard Long (born March 28, 1985), Kyle Howard Long (born December 5, 1988), and Howard Long Jr. (born 1990).
All of Howie Long’s three sons are actively involved in football. His first son, simply known as Chris Long played for the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive end. Chris retired from professional football on May 18, 2019. He married Megan O’Malley in 2013 and they have a son, Waylon James Long. Howie’s second son, Kyle Long plays for the Chicago Bears as an offensive guard. Kyle at some point moved towards a career in baseball, and was drafted by the White Sox after high school. He however, did not sign the deal and instead, returned to football. Third and last son, Howie Jr. decided to take a slightly different path. He works as a Personal Assistant with the Oakland Raiders, and as a Premium Sales Consultant with Legends.
How Much Is Howie Long’s Net Worth?
Howie Long has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Howie’s wealth grew over the years from his combined career of football, broadcasting, acting, and advertising. As of 2019, Long reportedly earns an annual salary of $4 million from Fox and General Motors.
Contributing to Howie Long’s worth are his property in real estate. He owns a home worth $6 million in Virginia, among other assets.
Howie Long has a towering height of 6 feet 5 inches which is approximately equivalent to 1.69 meters. Long undoubtedly has an athletic body build (that weighs about 122 kilograms). He has light brown hair, and always spots the flat top hairstyle.