Howie Long was a Los Angeles Raiders defensive player and moved on to network sports television in 1994. He is now regarded as one of the top NFL analysts, and has received an Emmy Award for his talents.
Howie Long co-starred in the 1995 action-adventure film, "Broken Arrow," starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. In 1998, Howie Long starred in the motion picture, "Firestorm." He also had a cameo appearance in the 1996 film, "That Thing You Do," starring Tom Hanks.
Howie Long was one of the best defensive linemen to play in the NFL. His size combined with his speed, strength and intensity made him unique. He tied the Raiders team record with eight Pro Bowl selections. He played his entire 13-year career for the Raiders after joining the team as a second-round draft choice in 1981. He became a starter in his second season and helped the Raiders to a Super Bowl XVIII win over the Washington Redskins by posting a career-best 13 sacks and registering five Super Bowl tackles.
Howie Long was the last active Raider to have played for the team when it was based in Oakland. He was a member of the last AFC team to win the Super Bowl. He holds the Raiders record for the most sacks in a game (five), was named a defensive end on the NFL Team of the Eighties and was Seagrams Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. He was voted by fans as 1984 and 1986 Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named by the NFL Alumni Association as 1984 NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. He also holds the AFC Pro Bowl record with nine and a half career sacks.
As a defensive lineman at Villanova University, Howie Long was a four-year letterman in football. He was All-East and honorable mention All-American as a senior was named MVP in the 1980 Blue-Gray Game. He was also a champion boxer as an undergraduate and graduated from Villanova in 1981 with a degree in communications.