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Middleburg Blog: Greetings from Sam Huff

The legendary “Man in the Middle” is still talking football with his friends. He celebrated his 83rd birthday this year in October, celebrated Thanksgiving, and visited weekly with his daughter, Cathy Huff Myers. They continue to attend Aldie United Methodist Church. He enjoys the service, especially the hymns and fellowship. He loves to have lunch on Tuesdays with his daughter too (bacon-cheeseburgers at the Red Horse).

There are few people, few football players, even fewer NFL football players, that have had a more successful career in sports than Sam Huff. Who knows whether his record would have been the same if he had played for other teams, rather than the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, but the sports history of those two teams will always recognize his amazing talents, his athleticism and his leadership. He is often credited with helping professional football to become American’s favorite sport. Walter Cronkite’s CBS documentary, “The Violent World of Sam Huff,” focused national attention on the sport during the days when the New York Giants’ fans would rise in the stadium to chant, “Huff, Huff, Huff, Defense, Defense, Defense.”

Huff has always acknowledged those who helped him become successful, and he was the first to be complimentary of his main adversaries, Jim Brown and Jim Taylor. He still talks about his favorite coaches, Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi, and talks about many of his teammates, especially Sonny Jurgensen.

I particularly enjoyed helping Huff write over 30 articles for the Loudoun Times Mirror’s sport pages, and he received an award for his column. I have also enjoyed writing a weekly column for Loudoun Times Mirror’s community pages for many years. Thanks to all of you who have helped me get Aldie, Middleburg, and surrounding communities’ news in the paper’s printed and digital editions. Merry Christmas.

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