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Richard Deitsch
December 09, 2002
The 42-year-old Hall of Fame defensive lineman Turned studio analyst for Fox's NFL Sunday hosts SI's Sportsman of the Year Show 2002 on Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox.
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December 09, 2002

Q+a [howie Long]

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Long: I don't ever have a good day.

SI: Who carries the Radio Shack commercials: you or Teri Hatcher?

Long: Actually, it's the writer, Barry King. We've now done like 75 commercials. When we started out, I had no idea the thing would take off.

SI: PEOPLE magazine once described your hair as a Flash Gordon brush cut. How would you describe it?

Long: I'd describe it as a $9 haircut I get at Staples Barber Shop in Charlottesville, Va.

SI: Your wife, Diane, is a nonpracticing lawyer. Do you ever win an argument against her?

Long: Are you kidding? She was on the debate team at Villanova, went to USC Law and was a corporate litigator for seven years. Three quarters of the way through the argument it's spun in a totally different direction. I'm like, "How did we get to this point?"

SI: What do you miss most from your playing days?

Long: Probably the competition. As a broadcaster, when you go to a big game, you think, Wow, I can still [play football]. Then you bend over to tie your shoe, and you realize you can't.

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