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Sam Huff

Sam Huff on Time, November 1959
Date of birth October 4, 1934 (1934-10-04) (age 72)
Place of birth Flag of United States Farmington, West Virginia
Position(s) Linebacker
College West Virginia
NFL Draft 1956 / Round 3/ Pick 30
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Pro Bowls 5
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Robert Lee Huff (born October 4, 1934, Morgantown, West Virginia) is a former American football linebacker who played for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins after earning All-America honors at West Virginia University. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Farmington is a town located in Marion County, West Virginia. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 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The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... // Offense Defense Special teams See also National Football League NFL 1920s All-Decade Team NFL 1930s All-Decade Team NFL 1940s All-Decade Team NFL 1960s All-Decade Team NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold and White Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold and White Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold and White Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1981 in sports, other events of 1982, 1983 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Gordon Johncock Formula One Champion - Keke... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Morgantown is a city in Monongalia County,GR6 West Virginia, on the banks of the Monongahela River. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold and White Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, West... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ...


Long considered one of the most physical defensive players in the annals of NFL history, Huff ended his professional career with 30 interceptions, hauling in at least one interception during each season he played. NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ...


One of six children, Huff was born in a West Virginia mining camp called Edna Gap and watched his family struggle through the depths of the Depression. Motivated by these hurdles, Huff took up football at Farmington High School and earned a scholarship to West Virginia University. West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, West...


Huff majored in physical education in college, expecting to use his degree in a teaching capacity. However, his skills on the football field helped lead the Mountaineers to a 31-7 record during his collegiate career. On an individual level, Huff garnered not only a berth on the 1955 All-America squad, but a third round draft selection by the New York Giants as well. An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National...


When Giants head coach Jim Lee Howell couldn't decide where to play him, Sam almost left the team before he was stopped by assistant coach Vince Lombardi. When middle linebacker Ray Beck was injured in the season's third game, Huff stepped in and excelled, a factor that led to Beck's retirement soon afterwards. Huff's work on defense played a major role in helping the Giants win their first NFL Championship since 1938. Jim Lee Howell (1915-1995) was an American football player and coach for the NFL New York Giants. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ... Ray Merril Beck (March 17, 1931 - January 10, 2007) was an American football player for the National Football Leagues New York Giants in 1952 and from 1955 to 1957. ... The National Football League has used several different formats to determine their league champions since its founding in 1920. ...


After being dethroned by the Cleveland Browns the following year, the Giants would return to the Championship Game in five of the next six seasons, but came up on the short end of the stick on each occasion.


Those disappointments failed to limit Huff's image in the national spotlight. Playing in the media capital of the world, Huff would be featured on the November 30, 1959 edition of Time Magazine, and was also the subject of an October 31, 1960 CBS special, "The Violent World of Sam Huff." At one point, Huff was making more for his off-the-field duties than on the gridiron. (New York-based comedian Alan King talked about the CBS program in one of his books, in mock wonderment about how the sound in his set was good enough to hear bones crunching). November 30 is the 334th day (335th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 61 days remaining. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Alan King (December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004), born Irwin Alan Kniberg, was an American comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. ...


Huff earned a host of honors during his time with the Giants, including being named Top NFL Linebacker in 1959, four consecutive Pro Bowl selections (1958-1961), and winning a spot on the All-NFL team three times. During his 13-year career, Huff's most memorable on-field duels came against a pair of running backs, Cleveland's Jim Brown, and Green Bay's Jim Taylor The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is a former American professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. ... City Green Bay, Wisconsin Team colors Dark Green, Gold, and White Head Coach Mike McCarthy Owner 111,967 stockholders (Green Bay Packers Foundation) Chairman Bob Harlan General manager Ted Thompson Fight song Go! You Packers! Go! League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919-1920) National Football League (1921–present) Western Division (1933... James Charles Taylor (born on September 20, 1935) was a professional football player for ten NFL seasons, from 1958-1967. ...


Allie Sherman, who had taken over as Giants head coach for Howell in 1961, traded Huff to the Washington Redskins on April 10, 1964 as part of a five-player deal, one of a series of moves that sent the once-proud Giants into a tailspin. In 1964, Huff went to his fifth, and final, Pro Bowl. Allie Sherman (born February 10, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American football running back and head coach. ... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold and White Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Dan Snyder Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol Division (1967... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ...


When Huff arrived, the Redskin defense had given up the most points in the NFL in 1963, and had been a perennial also-ran in that category since 1958. After his first season, the Redskins improved to seventh, but after four seasons with the team, he retired from football, primarily due to differences with Washington head coach Otto Graham. When Vince Lombardi returned to coach football in 1969, Huff returned to the Redskins as a player-coach for two seasons. Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Otto Everett Graham Jr. ... Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football. ...


Upon his final retirement as a player, Huff entered the broadcast booth, spending one season as part of the Giants radio team. He then went on to the Redskins, having spent the last three decades working in the same capacity.


In 1999, he was ranked number 76 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


On November 24, 2005, Huff's uniform number 75 was retired by West Virginia University. November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... West Virginia University is an institution of higher learning based in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, with the off-site campuses of West Virginia University at Parkersburg in Parkersburg, West Virginia, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, West...


Quotes

"[Tom] Landry built the 4-3 defense around me. It revolutionized defense and opened the door for all the variations of zones and man-to-man coverage, which are used in conjunction with it today." [1] Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ...


"...I still feel bitter towards Allie Sherman because he hurt me badly. I never wanted to be traded and I played extremely well for the Giants." [1] Allie Sherman (born February 10, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American football running back and head coach. ...


"The best opponent I ever faced in my career was Jim Brown. He was the greatest running back I've ever seen...And, John Unitas and Sonny Jurgensen, and I've played most of the guys - well, I think almost all the guys that are in the Hall of Fame, I've played against...But, I had to single out Jim Brown because he was awesome. Jim Brown was the best because of his speed, and his size, and his agility, an all-around athlete." [2] Jim Brown (born February 17, 1936) is a former American professional football player who has also made his mark as an actor and social activist. ... John Constantine Unitas (May 7, 1933 - September 11, 2002) was a professional American football player in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. ... Christian Adolph Sonny Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934) is a famed American football quarterback. ...


References

  1. ^ Describing 'The Innovator'. The Sporting News. Retrieved on 2007-01-29.

2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini era. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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