Howie Long

Actor / Sports Commentator


Industries

Sports, Athlete


Topics

Celebrity, Inspirational, Motivation, Philanthropy, Sports/Athletics


Full Bio


Howie Long, former Hall of Fame Defensive End for the Los Angeles Raiders, is currently mostly famous for his position of in-studio analyst for the Emmy Award winning Fox NFL Sunday team.

Long, as a multi-talented performer, launched his successful television and film career after playing 13 years in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders. Widely known for his appearances on the big screen as well as the gridiron, he made his feature film debut in John Woo's box office hit Broken Arrow. After that he was featured in Firestorm and Dollar for the Dead. Howie also starred in 3000 Miles to Graceland alongside with Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell. He was named "Male Star of Tomorrow" for 1997 by ShoWest, sharing the honor with past winners Brad Pitt, Chris O'Donnell, and Will Smith.

He is also well known television personality. He has been featured in national commercials and advertising campaigns including Radio Shack, Coors, Nike, Hanes and Campbell's Soup. Over the years, his football persona has been used to promote clothing, toy figures, and candy bars. Long hosted the 20th anniversary special for the re-release of the Star Wars trilogy as well as the TBS special War Games. His sharp wit and keen analysis have prompted him to be recruited by several publications for which he wrote articles including USA Today and Cosmopolitan. He has also written the introduction to the Bo Jackson biography Bo Knows Bo.

In his NFL career, Long twice earned title of Defensive Lineman of the Year and was elected to the Pro Bowl eight times, tying the Raiders' all-time record. Howie Long was voted Seagrams Defensive Player of the Year by the NFL coaches and general managers in 1985. He has also been named to the first team of the "All Decade Team of the 80s". In 1983, Long helped lead the Raiders to their Super Bowl victory over the Washington Redskins. In 2000, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the third youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is one of only seven defensive ends voted into the Hall.

Alongside with his professional duties, Long has consistently been active in charity work. His charity engagements include being name "Man of the Year" by the Walter Camp Foundation for his local and national contributions to charities. He is currently the Honorary Chairman of his local Boys and Girls Club and honorary chairman of "Andrew's Buddies", an organization which raises awareness and supports research to defeat spinal muscular atrophy. Long is also a past recipient of the West Coast Father's Day Council "Father of the Year" award.

Long has established a scholarship fund at Villanova in honor of his grandmother, to benefit underprivileged students. He annually lends his time and talent to the Mental Health Association, the United Way, and the Tracey Biletnikoff Foundation. He is also a member of the American Cancer Society's Public Awareness Council and was the founding National Chairman for Athletes & Entertainers for Kids. In 2001, Long and his wife, Diane, were chairmen of Child Abuse Prevention Month in Virginia.

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