FARMINGTON, W. Va. The legendary Robert Lee "Sam" Huff, one of the greatest linemen in West Virginia University's football history, was honored here Monday evening.
Former teammates and close friends gathered in his old hometown for the dedication of Pro Football Hall of Famer Huff's Hometown Hall of Fame plaque. It was presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and All-State Insurance Co.
A reception was held for the large turnout following the ceremony.
Huff has come a long way since graduating from Farmington High in 1952. An all-stater, he played two years at guard for WVU, then moved to tackle for his 1954-55 seasons.
Huff and the late Bruce Bosley were considered by the late Art "Pappy" Lewis, their head coach, as the two best tackles in college football during that period.
But Huff was vastly underrated and unsung at WVU. He did receive a place on two All-American teams.
"I am very excited," Huff told reporters. "This means everything to me. It's like coming back home again."
He always has been extremely proud of Farmington and growing up here. He helped his high school to an undefeated season in 1951.
But Bosley received greater recognition and became only the second consensus All-America selection for WVU.
The late Ira Errett Rodgers was the first consensus All-America star in 1919. He also was the only WVU athlete to be named sole captain of the football, basketball and baseball season as a Mountaineer senior.
However, the university retired Huff's jersey number before that of any other athlete. He helped the Mountaineers to a 31-7 record in his four-year career.
It was in pro football that Huff hit the jackpot and became a superstar as a linebacker.
A third-round pick in the 1956 NFL draft, he became a devastating defensive whiz with the New York Giants. In all, he played 12 years with that franchise, then retired as a player after one year with the Washington Redskins.
How great was Huff? Well, he became even more famous when CBS came out with a documentary titled, "The Violent World of Sam Huff."
The commentator for that widely circulated broadcast was the late legendary Walter Cronkite.
Huff is in several Halls of Fame. Those include the High School Hall of Fame, the WVU Hall of Fame, and the College Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He is a veteran color analyst for the Redskins radio game broadcasts in the Washington area.
Huff also raises horses for racing competitions at several tracks.