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Sam Huff as an older man.
Even though Sam Huff was drafted nearly 60 years ago in 1956, he remains one of the best Giants to ever play the linebacker position.
As Profootballhof.com details, Huff almost never was.
At the end of Huff's college career, Giants scout Al DeRogatis came to look at an All-America guard named Bruce Bosley. 'Bosley is great,' DeRogatis wired back, 'but there's another guard here who will be even greater. His name is Sam Huff.' Huff was a third-round draft pick in 1956 but, once in camp, things turned sour. Coach Jim Lee Howell agreed that Sam was a quality athlete but admitted he didn't know where to play him. Discouraged, Sam left camp and headed for the airport. There he was intercepted by assistant coach Vince Lombardi who lectured him on the merits of guts and determination and coaxed him back to camp.
Shortly after Sam's return, fate stepped in a final time. Ray Beck, the regular middle linebacker, was injured and Huff, in the emergency, got a chance to fill in. He did the job so well that Beck retired and Sam never had to worry about a regular football job – or the coal mine – again.
Thank goodness for Huff and the Giants, because he became the anchor of a Giants defense that played in the championship game in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963.
Huff excelled at the position in an era that included premier running backs like Jim Brown and Alan Ameche.
Huff easily goes down as one of the smartest draft picks of the Giants.