HOWIE LONG

HOWIE LONG

Class of 2000
Defensive End >>> 6-5, 268
(Villanova)
1981-1993 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

Howard Michael Long. . .Second round draft pick, 1981. . . Moved into starting role in fifth game of second season. . . Recorded career best 13 sacks in 1983 including five in one game. . .Career sack total of 84 does not include 7.5 recorded as a rookie before sack was official NFL stat. . . All-Pro 1983, 1984, 1985. . .Named All-AFC four times, 1983-1986. . . Selected to eight Pro Bowls. . . Born January 6, 1960, in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Howie Long was a second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 1981 NFL Draft and the 48th player selected overall. A four-year letterman at Villanova, Long was the MVP in the 1980 Blue-Gray Game. An all-around athlete, he was a basketball and track star in high school as well as the Northern Collegiate boxing champion.

Long joined the Raiders one year after the team won Super Bowl XV. Three years later, in 1983, the 6-5, 268-pound defensive end helped the team capture another Super Bowl title with a 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. His five-tackle performance in that game capped off a season that saw him record a career-high 13 sacks, including five in one game against the Redskins.

The following season he recorded 58 tackles, 12 sacks, and nine passes defensed and was named the NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association. Long moved into a starting role with the Raiders beginning in the fifth game of the strike-shortened 1982 season.

He went on to be selected to eight Pro Bowls, the first following the 1983 season. Fast, strong, and explosive off the ball, he was just the second Raider defensive lineman to make a Pro Bowl. A first- or second-team All-Pro choice in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1989, he was also named All-AFC four times. In 1985, the hard-playing defensive end accounted for 10 quarterback sacks, with at least one in eight games. As a result, he was selected as Raider Lineman’s Club Defensive Lineman of the Year by his teammates.

Although he missed much of the 1988 season due to injury, he still managed to record three sacks and intercept the first pass of his career, which he returned 73 yards in a game against the Houston Oilers. During his 13-year career, Long, a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1980s, recorded 84 career sacks, not including 7.5 sacks in 1981 before the sack was an official NFL statistic.

Year
Team
G
Sack
FumRec.
Yds.
TD
1981 Oakland
16
0
0
0
0
1982 L.A. Raiders
9
5.5
0
0
0
1983 L.A. Raiders
16
13
2
0
0
1984 L.A. Raiders
16
12
2
4
0
1985 L.A. Raiders
16
10
0
0
0
1986 L.A. Raiders
13
7.5
2
0
0
1987 L.A. Raiders
14
4
2
0
0
1988 L.A. Raiders
7
3
0
0
0
1989 L.A. Raiders
14
5
1
0
0
1990 L.A. Raiders
12
6
1
1
0
1991 L.A. Raiders
14
3
0
0
0
1992 L.A. Raiders
16
9
0
0
0
1993 L.A. Raiders
16
6
0
0
0
Career Total
179
84
10
5
0
Additional Career Statistics: Interceptions: 2-84

Championship Games

1983 AFCLos Angeles Raiders 30, Seattle Seahawks 14
Long started at left defensive end. He recorded two solo tackles and one pass defensed.

1990 AFC – Buffalo Bills 51, Los Angeles Raiders 3
Long started at left defensive end. He recorded one solo tackle and one assist.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XVIIILos Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
Long started at left defensive end. He recorded four solo tackles and one assist.

 

All-Pro: 1983 (PFWA, NEA, SN, PW) • 1984 (AP, PFWA, NEA) • 1985 (AP, PFWA, NEA)

All-Pro Second Team: 1983 (AP) • 1986 (NEA) • 1989 (NEA)

All-AFC: 1983 (PW) • 1984 (UPI, PW) • 1985 (UPI) • 1986 (PW)

All-AFC Second Team: 1983 (UPI) • 1990 (UPI)

(8) – 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994

Team Statistical Championships

Sacks Titles:
1983

• 1985 Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player (NEA)
• 1980's All-Decade Team

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1981 Oakland Raiders 7 9 0 (4th)
1982 Los Angeles Raiders 8 1 0 (1st*)
1983 Los Angeles Raiders 12 4 0 (1st)
1984 Los Angeles Raiders 11 5 0 (3rd)
1985 Los Angeles Raiders 12 4 0 (1st)
1986 Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 (4th)
1987 Los Angeles Raiders 5 10 0 (4th)
1988 Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 (3rd)
1989 Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 (3rd)
1990 Los Angeles Raiders 12 4 0 (1st)
1991 Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 (3rd)
1992 Los Angeles Raiders 7 9 0 (4th)
1993 Los Angeles Raiders 10 6 0 (2nd)

* AFC regular season finish in strike-shortened season.

Full Name: Howard Michael Long

Birthdate: January 6, 1960

Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts

High School: Milford (MA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 29, 2000

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 29, 2000

Presenter:
Earl Leggett, Former Raiders' def. line coach

Other Members of Class of 2000: Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Dan Rooney, Dave Wilcox

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 179 games

Drafted: 2nd round (48th overall) by Oakland Raiders

Uniform Number: 75

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