Former Giants LB Sam Huff dies at 87

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Sam Huff waves cropped 8/2/2014
Sam Huff waves cropped 8/2/2014

Former Giants linebacker Sam Huff died Saturday at the age of 87, according to an obituary by the Washington Post. The obituary cited an announcement by Huff's daughter, Catherine Huff Myers.

Huff was diagnosed with dementia in 2013.

Born Oct. 6, 1934, in Edna Gas, W.Va., Huff was an All-American offensive lineman in four years at West Virginia University. The Giants selected Huff as a third-round pick at No. 30 overall in the 1956 draft.

Huff -- then at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds -- moved to middle linebacker and became a star in the Giants' new 4-3 defense. With Huff's emergence, the Giants recorded a 47-7 win over the Chicago Bears in the 1956 NFL championship.

Considered among the NFL's best players at the position for the subsequent few years, Huff's career continued with Washington from 1964-67 and '69. Huff briefly retired in 1968 due to an ankle injury.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982, Huff was a five-time Pro Bowl pick (1958-61, '64) and two-time First Team All-Pro selection (1958-59). Huff is a member of the Giants Ring of Honor.