Howard Matthew Moses Long, who is popularly known as Howie Long has been in the spotlight for over 3 decades. He got recognition as a football player, spending 13 seasons in the NFL before he became an actor and then a sports analyst. It comes as no surprise that the durability of fame he has enjoyed so far has also rubbed off on his personal life with his wife, Diane Addonizio, whom he has been married to since 1982.
Diane Addonizio is not just another WAG. While her relationship with Long might be her claim to fame, she has had a long and successful career of her own as a lawyer and businesswoman respectively. You can learn all about her and their relationship by reading below.
Diane Addonizio – Biography
Diane was born to Catholic parents whose identities are at the moment, unknown. Her birth took place in 1962, in Red Bank, New Jersey and she is believed to have been raised there too, although it is unconfirmed, considering the dearth of information about her childhood, including her early education and siblings.
Diane Addonizio attended Villanova University where she completed her first stage of higher education after earning a degree in Classical Studies. A fascination with the legal profession led her to USC School of Law where she earned her J.D and began her career as a lawyer.
For a while, Diane Addonizio worked in a law firm and built a career as an attorney before she decided to retreat from practising active law in favour of life as a businessman, making strategic investments with her income. Using the income supplemented with her husband’s status as an NFL player, Diane has built a wealth of investments that have made her more than a comfortable woman.
However, Diane Addonizio hasn’t chosen to keep her wealth to herself. She has been actively involved in a number of charitable works and although she is not one to revel in the spotlight, she often makes public appearances in support of her husband.
We mentioned earlier that while she is married to a successful and famous man, Diane Addonizio has built something reputable on her own. Through her own business savviness and income earned as a lawyer, she has been able to build a personal net worth of $1 million. With her husband’s ginormous net worth of $16 million, it is no surprise that the couple lives in a mansion valued at over $6 million.
Family – Howie Long And Kids
Diane Addonizio and Howie Long are reassuring proof that long-lasting love is still very much possible in a world that is increasingly getting defined by its amount of failed relationships.
Their story began while they were at Villanova University. Howie Long had been an admirer of Diane and their relationship began after he took her on a date. The two watched an NFL game on their first date, in what is perhaps a symbolism for the defining element of their relationship.
The success of the first date grew into a full-fledged relationship and after a few years post-graduation from college, they got married on the 27th of June, 1982.
Three years after they became husband and wife, Diane Addonizio and Howie Long welcomed the first new member of the family, a baby boy named Christopher Howard who was born in 1985. Three years after the arrival of their first bundle of joy, they welcomed another child, Kyle Howard and then a third in 1990, a boy named Matthew Howard, completing the trio of boys born to the couple.
All three children of Diane Addonizio are involved in football, with her first two – Christopher and Kyle being active players in the NFL while her last child, Matthew, is a scouting assistant and personal assistant for the NFL team, the Oakland Raiders.
Other Facts About Diane Addonizio
1. Her husband might be the athlete but Diane Addonizio does not look physically fragile beside him. She has a height of 5 feet 8 inches and a modest figure which weighs in at 58kg.
2. Her dislike for the spotlight extends to social media and she is not active on any of the major platforms.
3. Her husband, Howie Long, is also a Roman Catholic.