WV Native Sam Huff Honored as “Hometown Hall of Famer” by Pro Football Hall of Fame & Allstate Insurance
March 12, 2012, The Media Center provided coverage live via-satellite of WV native, WVU and NFL legend Sam Huff, who was honored in his hometown of Farmington WV by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the “Hometown Hall of Famer.”
Farmington, WV – Pro football legend Sam Huff was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Farmington, W.V., on Monday, March 12, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest players with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate Sam Huff and the Farmington community on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Farmington.”
A five-time Pro Bowl selection as linebacker for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins and former high school standout in Farmington, Huff was presented with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 12, at the Farmington Community Center, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the entire community. The presentation was made by Mike Arcure, former manager of Huff’s high school football team.
The ceremony was attended by Huff’s family members, close friends and teammates from the 1954 Sugar Bowl team, as well as members from the Farmington community. Friend, Mervyn McDowell, served as the Master of Ceremonies. In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Sam Huff “Hometown Hall of Famer™” road sign will be on display in Farmington, W.V.
As a standout student-athlete at Farmington High School, which has since closed, Huff led his team to an undefeated season in 1951. After high school, Huff excelled as a linebacker at West Virginia University where he led his team to a 31-7 record and a berth in the 1954 Sugar Bowl, during his four years as a Mountaineer. In 1955, Huff was voted All-American and named co-captain for both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
Huff was a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1956. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, his 13-year career as a dominant linebacker totaled 30 interceptions and 17 fumble recoveries. Huff was best known for his hand-to-hand combat near the scrimmage line. In 1959, Huff became the first NFL player to ever be featured on the cover of Time magazine. Huff was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.
“Hometown Hall of Famers™ presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate” is the Hall of Fame’s first nationwide plaque program and will lead into the celebration of its 50th anniversary in August 2012. For more information on the program and event videos, fans can visit www.profootballhof.com. or http://www.profootballhof.com/story/2012/3/9/sam-huff-hometown-hall-of-f...