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Fox gives Howie Long day off to watch sons in Bears-Rams game

Updated: November 21, 2013 12:12PM

After the Bears’ victory Sunday, Howie Long texted his middle son, Kyle: “Appreciate moments like this.”

Howie reminds himself, too, to “take a Polaroid” in his head.

His oldest son, Chris, a defensive end for the Rams, doesn’t have that problem.

“Chris has always had a greater appreciation for the significance of things,” he said.

The Long family knows the importance of Sunday, when the Bears’ rookie right guard and Chris face each other for the first time. Howie, the Hall of Fame defensive end, will take a regular-season NFL Sunday off for the first time as a broadcaster. He will shoot one pregame bit, but then Fox, for whom he works as a studio analyst, is “allowing me to be a dad and enjoy the game.”

The Longs will sit in an Edward Jones Dome box with almost 50 friends and family.

“I’m like any other dad,” he said. “It’s the same; it’s just a different level.”

Howie, who has attended Kyle’s Thursday and Monday games, credited the Bears for drafting his son, who had food poisoning before the Senior Bowl and questions because of his past.

“It was maybe not the trendy pick,” he said. “To Kyle’s credit, he worked as hard as he can.”

He compared modern blocking responsibilities to the 405 freeway, Los Angeles’s famous traffic snarl.

“It used to be about, ‘Can I block this guy?’ ” he said. “Now it’s, ‘Who do I block?’ ”

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