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Sam Huff

Football 1952-55

West Virginia University

2009 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee


As a lineman playing both offense and defense, Sam Huff became one of the greatest football players in the history of both West Virginia University and the Southern Conference. In his four seasons with the Mountaineers, the team went 31-7 and captured three Conference championships.

He helped West Virginia earn an invitation to the 1954 Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans and was voted first team All-American as a senior in 1955.  He was drafted in the 3rd round by the New York Giants and became the standard by which all middle linebackers would be judged, revolutionizing the position.

Sam Huff became the first athlete in the history of West Virginia to have his jersey retired on November 24, 2005, exactly two days before the University did the same for fellow '09 SoCon Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry West.

Huff was selected to the NFL's Pro Bowl on five occasions  and was a member of the 1956 world champion Giants.  He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

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