West Virginia

1955 Mountaineer Sam Huff
(Authentic Reproduction)





Sam Huff grew up in a rural coal mining town in West Virginia. His father, two brothers and uncles worked in the town's notorious mine number "9". Sam refused to follow in their footsteps -- the helmet he would wear to earn a living would not have a lantern affixed to it.
Sam was a star football player for Farmington High and he earned a football scholarship to nearby West Virginia University. The future Giant's Hall of Fame linebacker was one of West Virginia University's "Fab Five of '55". Along with Sam that group included fellow tackle Bruce Bosley, quarterback Freddy Wyant and halfbacks Joe Marconi and Bob Moss, all seniors on the 1955 football team. Those five were chief contributors to a combined four-year record of 31-7 under the tutelage of Coach Art "Pappy" Lewis. Highlighting that period were an unprecedented three straight victories over Penn State and two conquests of Pitt. Those and a 26-6 upset of nationally ranked South Carolina in the 1954 opener at Columbia are among all-time Mountaineer great wins. Ironically though, the five players enjoyed their biggest thrill as sophomores. That's when WVU was invited to play in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day of 1954 and bowed 42-19 to Georgia Tech.
Sam earned All American honors as a senior in 1955 and this authentic Helmet Hut reproduction of his West Virginia helmet is a great representation of both the famed player and the greatest period of West Virginia University football. The helmet features a vintage six point suspension, perfectly matched WVU metallic gold paint and the identical striping and player numerals that Sam wore. The "Riddell" tubular one bar facemask was invented during this period and although it offered minimal protection for a lineman like Sam, it was a welcome addition to the mask-less helmets that he had previously worn.
In his office Sam proudly displays the very first one of these authentic Helmet Hut reproductions of his WVU helmet (along with similar reproductions of his Giant's and the various styles of his Redskin's helmets). Perhaps it may be a reminder that although the WVU campus in Morgantown is less than 30 miles from where he was raised in Farmington, the glory he experienced starting with the numeral "75" on his helmet was light years away from the lifestyle he would have realized had he chosen to stay home to work at mine number "9".

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