Diane Addonizio is the wife of Howie Long, a former American football defensive end. He played with the Raiders franchise throughout his NFL career. On the other side, his wife Diane is a former corporate litigator.
The iconic couple has been in a wonderful marital relationship for a long time now. They are also blessed with three grown children. Let’s find out how the two first came across and how long have they been married?
To know more about Diane’s parents, education, career, and many other details, keep scrolling!
Who is Howie Long wife Diane Addonizio? They first met at college
Diane is a former corporate lawyer who previously worked for several well-known companies. She attended Villanova University, in Pennsylvania and majored in a classical-studies. She there also met her future husband Howie Long in her freshman year while Long was a sophomore.
Diane recalled that Howie was moody but she was so attached to him. She maintained,
“but attractive, boy was he attractive. I’d never met anyone that big who was that good-looking.”
It took her a while to understand this moody young giant. She told,
“He didn’t send me a Valentine’s Day card when we first started going together. That upset me, and I told him so.”
Diane added telling Howie was quite strange who was never too excited to celebrate holidays but always focused on his professions. She said,
“Then he explained how holidays never meant anything special to him. At Villanova when everyone went home for the holidays or the summer he was always the guy who stayed in the dorms. You know how a child’s bed is special to him? Well, he never had his own. It was always a couch or something, while he was bouncing around from relative to relative. He was always living out of a suitcase, he always had his possessions on him. It took me awhile to understand that.”
Their first real date came when Howie invited her to his room to watch a football game on TV. He said they watched on a little 12-inch, black-and-white TV which his grandmother gave him.
Howie Long and wife Diane Addonizio marriage
The couple dated for several years before they tied the knot in June 1982. They exchanged their vows in front of their families and close friends. The two are together ever since and still leading a blissful married life. Diane and Howie are also the parents of three sons.
All of them have a great career in sports
The couple welcomed their first child Christopher Howard Long, on 28th March 1985, in Santa Monica, California. He is a retired American footballer who primarily played for St. Loius Rams. He attended St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville and played a variety of sports such as basketball, lacrosse, and baseball. Christopher later went to the University of Virginia and widely played college football under the main coach Al Groh.
Howie Long’s wife Diane gave birth to their second son, Kyle Long on 5th December 1988. He is a former American football guard who played for the Chicago Bears. He was embarked on both football and baseball at school but later chosen football while attending Saddleback College.
On the other side, their youngest son Howard Long, Jr. used to play lacrosse at Virginia. He is currently a scouting assistant and personnel assistant for the football team Oakland Raiders.
The couple also has two grandsons, Waylon James Long and Luke Redding Long from their oldest son Chris’ marriage to Megan O’Malley.
The Family of five lived in Los Angeles before the Northridge quake
Diane Addonizio lived in L.A. for 12-years with her family. She was a corporate lawyer while her husband played for the Raiders at that time. However, after the Northridge 6.7 Richter scale earthquake hit the area, they spent several sleepless nights in their Suburban.
They later went to Charlottesville, Virginia.
Diane Addonizio father was diagnosed with lymphoma
Addonizio is the daughter of Frank Addonizio who previously played poker at the senior center. However, he was diagnosed with lymphoma in his early 80s. He used to live in a cottage on the Longs’ 65-acre property.
Diane was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. She grew up along with her family in Red Banks. She is an American as per her nationality and belongs to Caucasian ethnicity.
What is Diane Addonizio Net Worth?
Her net worth is around $200,000. Besides, her husband Howie Long has a $16 million net worth. He is paid a salary of $4 million. He has collected such a huge amount of money through his multiple endeavors.
Following his retirement as a footballer, Diane has been involved in acting and broadcasting. He is a studio analyst for Fox Sports’ NFL coverage. And his film credits include Broken Arrow, Firestorm, Dollar for the Dead, and 3000 Miles to the Graceland.