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9. Sam Huff

In Pro Football, the genius of football coaches cannot be undervalued.

In the 1956 Draft, the New York Giants took Sam Huff from West Virginia in the Third Round, but initially, they did not know how to input him into their lineup.  Huff was frustrated, and it was Vince Lombardi, who was an Assistant Coach, who persuaded him to stay through training camp while Defensive Coordinator, Tom Landry, devised a 4-3 scheme built largely around Huff.  Let's just say that two Hall of Famers begat another one.

Huff helped the Giants win the 1956 Championship, and play in five more.  Huff was considered by many to be the face of the Giants’ defense, and the Linebacker had four straight Pro Bowl appearances from 1958 to 1961.  Huff controlled the middle of the Giants defense until he shockingly signed with Washington after the 1963 season.

Huff secured 18 Interceptions as a Giant and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 30th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/17/56.
  • Departed: Signed with the Washington Redskins as a Free Agent after the 1963 Season.
  • Games Played: 102
  • Notable Statistics:

    99 Games Started
    18 Interceptions
    208 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    11 Fumble Recoveries
    20 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    14.5 Quarterback Sacks*
    42 Approximate Value**

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
    **Approximate Value was not a stat until the 1960 Season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NFL Champion(1956)
    First Team All-Pro (1958 & 1959)
    Second Team All-Pro (1957 & 1960)
    Pro Bowl (1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961)

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