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.
SI: How much jack did it take to get you to do our show?
Long: To tell you the truth, it wasn't about the money. My oldest son [Chris, age 17] reads the magazine, so it's cool for my kids.
SI: How many times did Raiders owner Al Davis personally tell you that the quarterback must go down and he must go down hard?
Long: I don't think he ever said that to us. I don't know where myth and reality meet on that topic.
SI: Who was the one quarterback you least wanted to see against you in the last seconds of a game?
Long: John Elway. Why? The El Cid factor. Mount him on a horse that's dead, and he'll still lead you into victorious battle.
SI: Why do networks want quarterbacks as analysts?
Long: Because there's a myth that quarterbacks can somehow empower the audience with some incredible insight that others can't.
SI: You retired in 1993 after playing 13 seasons. How much pain are you in on a daily basis?