Football great Sam Huff dead at 87

WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia native and legendary football player Sam Huff died Saturday. He was 87.

Huff, a native of Farmington, was an All-American two-way player at WVU in the 1950s helping lead the Mountaineers to three straight wins over Penn State and a 1953 appearance in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Huff was selected in the third round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He made his mark as a linebacker on defenses coached by the legendary Tom Landry.

Huff was featured in the CBS documentary ‘The Violent World of Sam Huff’’ in October 1960.

Huff played 14 seasons in the NFL. He finished his career with the Washington Redskins.

Huff was elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982, selection to the WVU Sports Hall of Fame came in 1991. Huff’s WVU number was retired at the WVU-Pitt game on Nov. 24, 2005.   His name is also a part of the Giants Ring of Honor and the Washington Football Team’s Ring of Fame.

Huff also had a 38-year broadcasting career with the Redskins teaming many of those years with former Washington quarterback Sonny Jurgensen.

He was a horse racing advocate and co-founder of the West Virginia Breeders Classic that’s held at Charles Town Races.

Huff’s death was confirmed by the Washington Football Club Saturday. He died at a Winchester, Va. hospital. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2013.



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