NFL legend Howie Long wears many hats.
He is a “Fox NFL Sunday” host, reps Chevy’s Silverado franchise and is the father of three sons involved in pro football — Chris, defensive end for the New England Patriots; Kyle, offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears; and Howie Jr., who works in football operations for the Oakland Raiders.
And this spring, the 56-year-old Long added brand ambassador for Skechers to his resume. The former defensive end is helping to promote the brand’s Wide Fit styles and said that finding shoes made for bigger people is one reason — but not the only reason — he aligned with the brand.
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“Footwear has gotten out of control from a price standpoint. Skechers is on the hip side and provides an array of shoes that are also affordable,” Long said.
The former Oakland and L.A. Raider joins Skechers’ growing lineup of sports icons, including New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
“I was flattered and honored that [Skechers] called and asked me if I’d join the team,” Long said. “The list of names — they’re legends in their sports.”
Here, the football star also weighs in on some not-so-serious sports topics:
One thing I don’t miss about the NFL: “Facing the Denver Broncos and chasing John Elway around.”
Greatest Raiders teammate: “Bill Pickel. He’s just an extraordinary person.”
The best football movies: “ ‘Brian’s Song,’ ‘North Dallas Forty’ and the original ‘The Longest Yard.’ ”
My worst sport: “Golf, because I don’t play a lot.”
My least-liked exercise at the gym: “The bench press. It’s totally overrated.”
Super Bowl LI prediction: “The Patriots or Raiders versus the Bears.”