A Message From Howie Long
On April 20, 2013, at the Saddleback College Foundation's 13th Annual Gala, Howie Long endorsed the college's Stadium Campaign in the above video to help raise awareness for the stadium's renovation.
Long was a second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders in the 1981 NFL Draft. 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. He went on to be selected to eight Pro Bowls, the first following the 1983 season.
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.
In January of 2000 Howie was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other inductees in that class included Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott from the San Francisco 49ers.