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White Gloves: Sam Huff’s Helmet

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 11, 2012 – 11:42 am

Former Redskins linebacker Sam Huff is one of the most feared linebackers of all-time, so it probably comes as no surprise that one of his helmets features a sizeable dent.

The reason it’s there might surprise you, however.

Huff was featured in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Week 16 “White Gloves” episode, in which a Hall of Fame official takes a careful look at various pieces of historic equipment and artifacts in its archives facility.

The episode features Huff’s helmet from his playing days with the New York Giants — before he came over to the good side with the Redskins in 1964.

According to the Hall of Fame, the dent in the helmet did not come via a collision with, for example, legendary running backs Jim Brown or Jim Taylor.

The dent actually was produced when Huff accidentally left the helmet too close to a radiator, leaving it unusable. I’m sure the Hall of Fame was happy to take that off his hands as a cool artifact.

Huff — who was originally drafted as an offensive lineman — made his name as a middle linebacker with the Giants and the Redskins. The 1982 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee was named all-NFL three times and appeared in six NFL championship games.

Here’s the video on Huff and his helmet from the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

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One Response to “White Gloves: Sam Huff’s Helmet”

  1. By Korinne Jackman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    That’s really interesting. Sam Huff is my client. He tells a different much more detailed story about the helmet that he has told for years. He told the story again this past August at the Pro Football Hall of Fame when they very kindly brought the helmet out to me, Sam, Chris Hanburger and his wife, and Bob Griese…and we listened to Sam tell the story-again-of how it was dented. The story has been published several times. Curious that the Hall is telling a different story.

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