Leading up to the opening game of the Villanova football season on August 31 against Boston College, Fact on Villanova Sports will be counting down the days between now and the beginning of the football season using the jersey numbers of Villanova football players of the past. For as many numbers as possible, effort will be taken to introduce players from the current team, with the exception of "important" players from the past.a Also, it's a ton of work to get pictures of all the players, so it may be incomplete. Oh well.
Defensive Line: 1977-1980
A Pro Football Hall of Famer, Howie Long is unquestionably the greatest pro player in the history of the Villanova football program. Howie is most famous for wearing 75 for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, but he wore 55 at Villanova. Unfortunately, photos of him playing at Villanova in that jersey are seemingly nonexistent. Now, Long is most famous as the straight man to Terry Bradshaw on the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show and as the father of two NFL players, Chris of the St. Louis Rams, and Kyle of the Chicago Bears.