Football legend Howie Long made an emotional plea Sunday for an end to the U.S. government shutdown. The Hall of Famer and current Fox NFL announcer, made his plea during Sunday's broadcast, saying the government shutdown has resulted in no NFL football for our troops, according to TMZ on Oct. 6.
Howie Long stated that due to the D.C. standoff between both houses of Congress and President Obama, the Armed Forces Network can't operate at full speed. This translates into no football games for U.S. soldiers.
Long's heartfelt statement about the situation during Sunday's NFL broadcast on FOX pointed out how football broadcasts help our men and women in uniform stationed around the globe.
"These games bring a welcome piece of home and a much deserved respite from the dangerous work (the troops) do protecting our liberty", Howie said.
Due the shutdown, various Armed Forces Network channels went off the air last Monday, including the station that airs sporting events like football games and the MLB playoffs.
For a time up through Sunday morning, it looked like soldiers serving overseas wouldn’t be able to watch any Week 5 games. Long was just one of the many vocal critics of the government shutdown fallout.
Thankfully, one station on the Armed Forces Network announced via their Facebook page that they survived the cutbacks. AFN News said they'd air two games on Sunday, according to USA Today, so it ended up working out in the end.
More critically, Speaker of the House John Boehner hinted the United States may default on its debt, tying the piece of legislation to increase the country's borrowing limit to the current shutdown, as we enter the second week of cutbacks.
Long concluded his plea saying regardless of politics, the entire NFL broadcasting team on "Fox NFL Sunday" wants the shutdown come to an end and soon.
Howie got a few "amen to that"s from his fellow panelists.