It’s a 1992 Pro Line Profiles card for Hall of Famer Howie Long, and it was among the few tweets in an 11-hour marathon for Super Bowl LII last night simply because of the tree-climbing kid on the right.
Why? That’s Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who was roughly six years old at the time of this family portrait that made its way to cardboard — and that’s far from the only piece of trivia here.
At the left is another NFL player, Chicago Bears tackle Kyle Long, and the littlest of the little Raiders here is Howie Long Jr., who didn’t play in the NFL but works for team.
We all know Howie Long has plenty of football card appearances, but everyone you see here except for Junior can be found on certified autograph cards. (Yep, even Mom.) Diane Long appeared in the 1992 Pro Line NFL Spirit insert set that spotlighted a number of wives and their stories, and she, like others in the set, also signed cards for the release. (Most signed on the backs of the cards.) Kyle Long might be the toughest autograph to find of the bunch as his only certified autograph is in the 2013 Panini Player of the Day promo set, while Chris Long appears on more than 200 different autos from his college days at Virginia to the NFL.
Ironically, the Hall of Famer of this bunch doesn’t appear on many more autos than the son who just took the lead in Super Bowl rings.
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