Completing the first quarter of our countdown to West Virginia’s season opener against Alabama, today we find one of the most recognizable players in the long history of the West Virginia football program at No. 75.
Sam Huff was a three-year starter on the West Virginia offensive line during his time in Morgantown from 1952 through 1955, as guard in his sophomore season and tackle in his junior and senior seasons. He was selected as a First Team All-American, and was a co-captain for both the East-West Shrine game and Senior Bowl in 1955.
After being selected in the third round by the New York Giants in the 1956 NFL Draft, Huff would go on to win the 1956 NFL Championship and be named to the Pro Bowl five times and an All-Pro four times before being named to the NFL’s 1950 All-Decade Team.
Huff has been honored several times for his play through his playing career at West Virginia and the NFL. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980, Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982, WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, National High School Hall of Fame in 1999 and had his No. 75 retired by the university in 2005.
After football, he served as color commentator for both the Giants and Redskins’ radio networks, even making an unsuccessful run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970.
You can find all of our past selections in our countdown to this point from No. 100 through No. 76 here on WVUPros.com.