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Howie Long

Howie Long

Who is Howie Long?

Howie Long is a sports analyst, former NFL player, and actor. Howie Long was a defensive end in the National Football League. Howie once stated that he aspired to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and to be financially secure.

Long has also demonstrated his commitment to action films by starring in Broken Arrow (1996), Firestorm (1998), and 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001).

Childhood, Family, and Education

Howie Long was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on January 6, 1960.

He was born to Howard Long Sr. and Margaret Kirk, and raised in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts.

He is also Elizabeth Mullen’s grandson.

Unfortunately, we didn’t find any information about Long’s parents.

Meanwhile, we discovered that Long had a happy upbringing and grew up with his sister Ann Marie Long, who was devoted to him and died in 2016.

The Sommerville native was married to Diane Addonizio, with whom he had three boys, and they were married on June 27, 1982.

Howie Long
Howie Long, along with his family. Source: USA today

Chris Long, the eldest son, was born in Santa Monica, California in 1985 and is a retired NFL Defensive End who spent his professional career with the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Kyle Long, Long’s middle son, is also a retired NFL guard who played for the Chicago Bears and was born in 1988.

Finally, Howard Long, Jr., his youngest son, was born in 1990 and works for the Raiders as a player personnel assistant.

Returning to his education, Long attended Milford High School in Milford, Massachusetts, from an early age.

He also attended Villanova University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1981.

During his college years, he was a four-year letterman in college football. He was chosen to play in the Blue-Gray Football Classic in 1980 when he was awarded the most valuable player (MVP).

Age, Height, and Nationality

Howie Long is 62 years old, having been born in 1960, under the Capricorn zodiac sign. In terms of nationality, Long was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, United States of America.

As a result, he is a well-known figure among football fans with American citizenship.

In terms of weight and height, Long weighs 112 kg (269 lbs) and is 6feet 5inches tall (1.96 m).

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Facts of Howie Long

Full Name Howard Matthew Moses Long
Birth Date January 6, 1960
Birth Place Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Nick Name Howie
Profession Sports analyst, Former NFL player, Actor
Religion Roman Catholicism
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Milford High School


Horoscope Capricorn
Father’s Name Howard Long, Sr.
Mother’s Name Margaret Kirk
Grandmother’ Name Elizabeth Mullen
Siblings Ann Marie Long (Sister expired in 2016)
Age 62 Years Old
Height 6’5 ″ (1.96 m)
Weight 112 kg (269 lbs)
Shoe Size Not available
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Green
Body Measurement Not available
Build Muscular
Married Yes
Girlfriends No
Spouse Diane Addonizio
Married Date June 27, 1982
Children Name 1) Chris Long (Born – 1985), 2) Kyle Long (Born – 1988), 3) Howard Long, Jr. (Born- 1990),
Position Defensive end, Defensive lineman (Former)
Jersey Number 75
Net Worth $16 million
Close friends Sports Star, Terry Bradshaw
Broadcasting Affiliations Fox Sports (Current), ESPN (Former)
Former Franchises Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns
Social Media None
Merch Funko Pop, Jersey, Football Cards, Autograph, Rookie Card, Signed Jersey
Movies Played Broken Arrow (1996), Firestorm (1998), 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
Last Update April 2022

Salary and Net Worth

Howie Long has a net worth of $16 million after playing professional football for 13 years, acting in many well-known films, and hosting a famous television show.

This large sum represents his career’s total return.

Aside from that, the NFL legend, also known as the Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been working as a football analyst in a FOX NFL SUNDAY studio, earning a salary of $4 million.

Professional Career

Howie was a standout basketball and track athlete in high school, as well as a Northern Collegiate boxing champion.

He began his professional career with the Oakland Raiders, who took him in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

Howie, who wore number 75, was a defensive end with the Oakland Raiders for 13 seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times throughout his career.

His NFL career peaked in 1983 when he had 13 sacks, including a career-high five against the Washington Redskins on October 2, 1983.

In 1986, the Sommerville native told Football Digest that he wanted financial security and to be in the Hall of Fame, which he said was his lifelong aim.

From 1983 to 1985, the Bay Stater was named to the first All-Pro team in a row.

In 1986 and 1989, he was named to the second All-Pro team both times. In 1985, Long was again named NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year.

He was also named the NFLPA AFC Defensive Lineman of the Year, which aided in his rise to fame and fortune among football fans all over the world.

He ended off a strong 1985 season by winning the George S. Halas Trophy as the NEA’s co-NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

In 1986, Long was selected for his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl, and he was instrumental in the Raiders’ 63 sacks and as the AFC’s top defensive end.

In addition, in 1984 and 1985, John Madden (an American former football coach and sportscaster) named him to the All-Madden teams, and in 1994, he was named to the All-10th Madden’s Anniversary Team.

Long was the MVP of the 1980 Blue-Gray Game at Villanova, where he was a four-year letterman.

Long was named Defensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association after recording 58 tackles, 12 sacks, and nine passes defensed the next season. Time and circumstance do not always favor the same individual.

For example, despite missing the 1988 season due to injury, he was still able to record three bags and catch his first professional pass, which he recovered 73 yards in a game against the Houston Oilers.

Howie was named one of the ends on the All-Time 3-4 defensive front by The Pro Football Weekly (PFW), alongside Lee Roy Selmon, Curley Culp, Lawrence Taylor, Andre Tippett, Randy Gradishar, and Harry Carson, for his challenging and inspiring dedication to the NFL.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contributions to his team’s victories and honors, as well as for pursuing an exceptional contribution to the NFL.

Injury History

It is unavoidable to sustain injuries while participating in the National Football League (NFL).

Although Howie was a very versatile athlete, he was able to play all five defensive line positions due to his stature, power, and agility, which made him a great sportsman.

The 6’5′′ defensive end, who was named MVP after leading the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XVIII against the Washington Redskins in 1984, had a thigh injury in 1979, missing three games and totaling only 46 tackles as a defensive end.

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Post-Retirement Life

After retiring from the game, the majority of players start their own businesses, and some of the most valuable players take on the role of manager and coach of a different club.

Even yet, Howie Long’s life is unique in that he begins acting right away and is mostly focused on performing action movies.

With his team, Long works as a studio commentator for Fox Sports’ NFL coverage.

Long made his acting debut in the 1998 film Firestorm, in which he portrayed the major role. He also co-starred with actor John Travolta in the mystery film Broken Arrow.

Long’s most well-known films were Broken Arrow, which was released in 1996, Firestorm, which was released in 1998, and 3000 Miles to Graceland, which was released in 2001.

All of this demonstrates that after retiring from football, Howie embraced acting and broadcasting and began working as a studio commentator for Fox Sports’ NFL coverage.

The NFL legend won the 1997 Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Analyst and was nominated in the same category for eleven years in a row (1997-2006).