Huff, Sam (1934-2021)

Upper Deck Legends 1997, #AL-31

CARD: Upper Deck Legends 1997
ACQUIRED: Ebay, 2020


  • Played offensive line at West Virigina.
  • Selected in the 3rd round of the 56 Draft by the New York Giants.
  • Moved to middle linebacker in Tom Landry‘s 4-3 alignment.
  • Became starter during rookie season and started every game until traded to Washington Redskins after the 63 season.
  • Prototypical middle linebacker, who could read plays, disrupt running lanes or drop off into coverage and score interceptions, while also being a bone crushing tackler.
  • Played 13 seasons in the NFL, starting 159 games and logging 30 interceptions.
  • Worked with Redskins great Sonny Jurgensen in the broadcasting booth until he retired in 2012.


  • College Football Hall of Fame 1982
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame 1982
  • Pro Bowl 1958-61, 64
  • All Pro 1958-59
  • Second Team All Pro 1957,60-61, 63
  • West Virginia Mountaineers #75 retired
  • New York Giants Ring of Honor
  • Washington Redskins Ring of Fame
  • NFL 50s All-Decade Team
  • First NFL player to appear on the Cover of Time magazine
  • Appeared in a TV special called: “The Violent World of Sam Huff”
  • #76 Sporting News Greatest NFL Players


I was shocked to get a certified Sam Huff for so cheap during the pandemic, but as it stood it was much more affordable to get a few autographed Upper Deck Legends for my set, than to get a blaster box of Panini, that’d probably have an autograph of a street free agent.



11/13/21- Sam Huff passed away at the age of 87. He had been diagnosed with dementia in 2012, however it is unknown if it ultimately played a role in his passing.