Howie Long Jr. is an American Football operative with the Oakland Raiders, but perhaps better known to the world for being the son of the former National Football League (NFL) defensive end, actor and sports analyst Howie Long.
Early life, family, educational background
Howard Long Jr. was born in 1990, to famous football personality Howie Long, and mother Diane Addonizio, a non-practicing lawyer and businesswoman; he holds American nationality and is of white ethnic background. He has two older brothers, Chris Long and Kyle Long, who have also established significant recognition through football.
Raiders legend Howie Long with Kyle Long (Bears) and his youngest son, Howie Long Jr. (currently works in the Raiders player personnel dept)
His place of birth is unknown, likewise details about his early life have not been revealed to the media. Speaking about his education, Long Jr. matriculated from St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia US, where he also attended the University of Virginia, accepting a scholarship to play lacrosse.
Although he played football in both his high school and college, Long Jr. decided not to pursue a career as a football player. However, he has kept his interest in the game, opting to go into the business end of it. He works in football operations as a scouting and personnel assistant with the Oakland Raiders.
In addition, he serves as a premium sales consultant at Legends Las Vegas Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada US.
Personal life, family members
While there is plenty of data about his famous father, details revealing Long’s mother, Diane Addonizio, are quite scarce. According to sources, prior to marrying Howie Long, she worked as an attorney. However, she quit her professional career upon marrying Howie, and later found a new career as a businesswoman, which was also brief. Dedicating herself to being a housewife, she has given her time to supporting her husband in his career and three sons.
Long’s eldest brother, Chris Long, is a retired defensive end who played in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles during his 11-season career in the NFL. His football career brought him significant fame and fortune. His other brother, Kyle Long, is an offensive guard who rose to fame by playing for the Chicago Bears of the NFL for the last seven years. Long Jr.’s personal life has been a mystery to the media. There are no details revealing his past or current relationship status.
Father Howie Long
The Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end was born Howard Matthew Moses Long on 6 January 1960, in Somerville, Massachusetts USA, to father Howard Long and mother Margaret. His parents separated during his early childhood, and he lived with his uncle and grandmother in Charlestown, Boston US, and attended Milford High School, where he started playing football. He then enrolled into Villanova University, Radnor, Pennsylvania, earning a degree in Communications.
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An outstanding college football player for the Wildcats, he was selected to play in the Blue-Gray Football Classic. By his senior year, he earned All-East and All-American honors. As a student at Villanova, he was also involved in boxing, becoming the Northern Collegiate Heavyweight Boxing Champion.
Long made his professional career debut in 1981, being selected in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. During his 13 seasons with the team as a defensive end, he was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection between 1983 and 1993, three-time first team All-Pro from 1983 to 1985, and two-time second-team All-Pro in 1986 and 1989.
In addition, he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award, earning the George S. Halas Trophy, and was selected in the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. In 1983 Long won the Super Bowl XVIII with the Raiders, defeating the Washington Redskins. Throughout his career, he collected 911⁄2 sacks, intercepted two passes and recovered 10 fumbles. He retired from his football career in 1993.
Long’s fame earned through his career in the NFL enabled him to become involved in the film industry.
In 1996 he co-starred in the suspense movie entitled “Broken Arrow”, alongside John Travolta, and the same year he got the opportunity to act alongside Hollywood stars Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell and Courteney Cox in the music comedy film “3000 Miles to Graceland”, and then alongside Tom Hanks in the music comedy film “That Thing You Do”.
In 1998 he starred as smokejumper Jesse Graves in the action film “Firestorm”. Long’s recognition in both football and acting has also allowed him to appear in many cameo roles in a number of TV shows and commercials, such as for Nike, Hanes, Lay, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and Chevrolet, to name a few.
He has also been involved in broadcasting, working on the Fox Network as NFL coverage studio analyst. He currently serves as a columnist for Fox Sports’ NFL coverage website, and as the host of Fox’ annual award show entitled “Howie Long’s Tough Guys”.
Long Jr. has brown hair and brown eyes. Other details about his body stats have not been disclosed to public.
As there are no details in the media revealing Long. Jr.’s personal life and career, information disclosing his net worth is also not available to sources. His father has estimated wealth of $16 million as of early 2020.