The Times West Virginian

March 12, 2012

Huff to be honored in Farmington

NFL legend to get ‘Hometown Hall of Famers’ plaque tonight

By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Sam Huff is coming home.

Huff, the Marion County kid who starred at West Virginia University during the mid-1950s and went on to an illustrious pro football career for two NFL teams, will be honored in his hometown of Farmington tonight.

The event, set for 5:30 p.m. at the Farmington Community Center, is part of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s “Hometown Hall of Famers” program in which Hall of Famers are given a historical plaque in their hometown. The program is presented by Allstate Insurance Co.

While Huff’s gridiron exploits became legendary in time — as a New York Giant, the middle linebacker was the first NFL player to grace the cover of Time magazine in November 1959 and nearly a year later was the subject of a CBS television special, “The Violent World Of Sam Huff” — it all started here.

One of six children, Huff was born in Edna Gas in 1934 and attended and played football at the now-defunct Farmington High School. While at the school, he led the team to a perfect season in 1951. The next season, he was first-team all-state and first-team all-Mason Dixon Conference.

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