Howie Long turned 53 Sunday, marking his 20th year away from pro football while working in the Fox studios in Santa Monica on the network's pre- and postgame shows as an NFL studio analyst alongside Terry Bradshaw.
Long, a Raiders defensive lineman from 1981-93 who entered the Hall of Fame in 2000, has a son, Chris, playing defensive line for the St. Louis Rams and another, Kyle, on the University of Oregon's offensive line.
This weekend, Fox will broadcast two NFC semifinals, starting with the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, a rematch of a season opener won by the 49ers, 30-22. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and their rookie sensation, 5-foot-11 quarterback Russell Wilson, play the Falcons in Atlanta.
Still reeling a bit from the Sunday drama of Seattle's comeback win over a hobbled Robert Griffin III and Washington?
"Seattle has been a great team to watch this season. It started at Chicago, winning in overtime on the road, you could see it changed their mind-set. And as Russell Wilson has grown, they've grown as a football team. I coached against him in high school. He was in Richmond, Va.; my two boys were in Charlottesville."