The Long and Short of It

By John Manasso
October 7, 2010

Howie Long knows something about mental toughness. As a high school senior, he broke his ankle in the second game of the season. Desperate for a scholarship, he cut off the cast two weeks later and played, earning himself a scholarship to Villanova.

So when the Hall of Fame defensive end looks at the Atlanta Falcons and sees a team with toughness, it