Sam Huff is dead, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker of ‘unmatched ferocity,’ cause of death

Just heard former @Giants LBer Sam Huff has passed away at age 87. Sam and Jim Brown had some incredible battles. R.I.P. Mr Huff #Giants#samhuff. This is a classically great SI cover from 2002 bidding farewell to Johnny U. But having Sam Huff lurking in the foreground takes it to another level. R.I.P. to one of the all-, all-, all-timers. #WFT #Giants

Rest peacefully Sam. I’m grateful to have known you & always enjoyed you spending time with me sharing stores as I edited my shows. I’ll never forget my last season w/ WFT vs the Giants & you insisted I walk with you up to their owners box so you could say hello.

Robert Lee “Sam” Huff (born October 4, 1934) is a former professional American football linebacker for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins in the NFL. He plays college football for the West Virginia Mountaineering Team and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Professional Football Hall of Fame, the latter being selected in 1982.

Huff was born and raised at Coal Mine Camp 9 in Edna, West Virginia. He is the fourth of Oral and Catherine Huff’s six children. He lives with his family in a small row house without running water. Huff grew up during the Great Depression, while his father and his two brothers worked in a coal mine that loaded Consolidated Mining with four-wheelers.

Huff attended and played high school football at the now closed Farmington High School, where he was both an offensive and defensive winger. In 1951, Huff helped the team achieve an undefeated season. He received statewide honors in 1952 and was selected to the Mason Dickson All-League First Team.

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