- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 6, 2013

National Football League Hall of Famer Howie Long gave a heartfelt statement on Fox Sports on Sunday about the government shutdown preventing military members from being able to watch football.

A notice on the Armed Forces Network website currently reads: “GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. Due to the government shutdown, the Defense Department can only provide limited overseas television, radio, print and web services.”

Mr. Long somberly told viewers that football brings “a welcome piece of home and a much deserved respite from the dangerous work [the troops] do protecting our liberty.”

“Regardless of politics. I know we all hope the shutdown ends soon and our troops can once again watch the game we all love,” he concluded.