Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff dies at 87

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Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff has died. He was 87.

According to his family, via the Associated Press, Huff died of natural causes in Virginia.

A native of Farmington, West Virginia, Huff played at WVU before becoming a third-round pick of the New York Giants in 1956, the thirtieth overall selection. He spent eight years with the Giants, followed by four in Washington.

Huff is a member of the Giants’ Ring of Honor and the Washington Ring of Fame. West Virginia has retired his number, 75.

In 1959, Huff became the first NFL player to land on the cover of Time magazine. The following year, CBS presented The Violent World of Sam Huff, a special that gave fans an unprecedented look at football from the perspective of a player, narrated by Walter Cronkite.

23 responses to “Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff dies at 87

  1. He was also on the highly rated radio team during the Super Bowl years with Sonny Jurgensen and Frank Herzog, which was must listening back then watching the games.

  2. A cornerstone of the NFL. A legend both on and off the field. The league and the world need more people like Sam Huff.

    God Bless

  3. So peeved the giants traded him to wash that made wash kick a “salt in the wounds” FG up 30 to put the skins up over 70 on nyg. He wanted that score to stand time and it has. Rip Sam

  4. The media can at least name the team he played for. Huff was a Redskin. When I saw the new logo (W) on NFL.com I thought that was disrespectful. .

  5. WFT fans know him from the broadcast booth as Sonny, Sam and Frank are legends.

    RIP Sam

  6. Thanks for the link to “The Violent World of Sam Huff”.
    I’ve heard about it for years, but never saw it until just now.
    (Had to look up “Number 88” just to see who he was).
    RIP Sam Huff.

  7. Sam Huff was one the toughest linebackers to ever play the game. There needs to be a lot more shows on the history of the NFL and the players.

  8. As a Pscker fan, he was a member of those tough 60’s teams who had thin helmets and shoulder pads but were still tough as nails. RIP Sammy!!

  9. As little kids, my brothers and I ran him down at the Giants Camp in Fairfield, CT for an autograph. He was the badass!

  10. Condolences to his family and friends. A true GREAT Giant! RIP Sam Huff!

    And to the person rating thumbs down on people’s tributes, I fell bad for your bitterness. God bless you!

  11. I vaguely remembered Huff being traded but the fathers on my block were out of their minds over the deal. 2 years later, a still pissed-off Huff made Otto Graham have Charlie Gogolak kick a field goal to make it 72-41. It was sort of billed as the battle of the Gogolak’s as Pete kicked for the NYG(who they poached from the Bills of the AFL). That foretold the preeminence of the so-called soccer-style kickers. I have the very distinct memory of the hopelessness of the Giants’ mediocrity. With no free agency, the Giants would have had to get several drafts perfect to get to .500. It took them way longer than that.

  12. He took his legendary career from the field to the broadcast booth.
    I fondly remember those classic arguments with Jurgensen over the radio with Sam always bragging on defense and Sonny for the offense.

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