Founding Chairman Emeritus
Howie Long, Athletes & Entertainers for Kids’ Founding National Chairperson, is a man who has always considered children to be a very special part of his life. He has devoted his time, support, and love towards encouraging and building self-esteem in the youth of America.
Drafted in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, Long would play 13 seasons for the club wearing the number 75. Long was a fearsome force on the Raiders defensive line. Long utilized his quickness and strength to earn eight Pro Bowl selections.
Along the way, Long was also named All-Pro three times (in 1983, 84, and 85). He was second team All-Pro in 1986 and 1989. He was selected by John Madden to the All-Madden teams in 1984 and 1985 and was named to the 10th Anniversary All-Madden team in 1994. He was voted the NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year in 1985 and the NFLPA AFC Defensive Lineman of the Year that same season. Long capped a stellar 1985 season by being voted the co-NFL Defensive Player of the Year (along with Andre Tippett) by the NEA and as such received the George S. Halas Trophy.
Currently Long works as a studio analyst for the FOX Network’s NFL coverage, where he often plays the “straight man” to the comic antics of co-host Terry Bradshaw as well as penning a column for Foxsports.com . In addition, he hosts an annual award show on FOX, Howie Long’s Tough Guys, which honors the NFL players whom he deems the toughest, and gives the toughest of them a Chevrolet truck. Long won an Emmy Award in 1997 as “Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst.