Oakland Raiders: Howie Long, "Greatest Logo in Sports"

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April 26, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Howie Long speaks to reporters during a Chicago Bears press conference announcing their first-round selection of guard Kyle Long from Oregon University at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

If you call yourself an Oakland Raiders fan, then you know who Howie Long is, and you know what he did for the Silver and Black.  Just in case you missed it though, I will tell you about one of the best and greatest players to ever play the game of football, and he did it all with the Oakland Raiders.  He’s one of the last players to ever stay with one team throughout his entire career.  During a time when the Raiders dominated the AFC West, Howie Long led the way from the defensive line.

During his 12-year NFL career (1981-1993), he played in 179 games, he recorded 91.5 sacks, he recovered 10 fumbles, and he had 2 interceptions.  He was an 8-time Pro-Bowler, 3-time First team All-pro selection, 2-time Second team All-pro selection, a member of the NFL’s 1980’s All-Decade team, 2-time NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year, NFLPA Defensive Lineman of the Year, and he helped the Oakland Raiders defeat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.  In 2000, he was inducted into NFL Football’s Hall of Fame.  That’s an outstanding NFL Resume, and once again, he did it all in Silver and Black.

December 23, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long (91) rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After football, Long acted in several movies, and he is currently a member of FOX NFL Gameday.  Two of his children are now NFL players.  One has followed in his father’s footsteps, and he plays defensive end for the St. Louis Rams (Chris Long).  The other chose a different path, first as a baseball player, then he found his calling on the offensive line for the Chicago Bears (Kyle Long).

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