Controlled Violence: On the Field and In the Booth

Overview

In this autobiography, Sam Huff recounts his journey from coal-country poverty to NFL superstardom. One of the first dominant middle linebackers in history of the NFL, Huff led Gotham's G-Men to an NFL championship his first year and was catapulted into the national consciousness. He was the first NFL player to be featured on the cover of Time magazine, was sent to Vietnam to meet the troops, and he was the subject of the famous 1960 television special "The Violent World of Sam Huff." And all the while Huff's ...

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Overview

In this autobiography, Sam Huff recounts his journey from coal-country poverty to NFL superstardom. One of the first dominant middle linebackers in history of the NFL, Huff led Gotham's G-Men to an NFL championship his first year and was catapulted into the national consciousness. He was the first NFL player to be featured on the cover of Time magazine, was sent to Vietnam to meet the troops, and he was the subject of the famous 1960 television special "The Violent World of Sam Huff." And all the while Huff's battles on the field raged-with Jim Taylor, Alan Ameche, Jim Brown, and others. Controlled Violence is a walk through the formative years of the NFL, this is also the story of Huff's journey through a life in football, from his early West Virginia days to the heights of New York, from being traded to the Redskins to his life after football, and finding a new home in the announcer's booth, back with his old friend Sonny Jurgensen, spending his Sundays around the game that made him.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600785184
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2011
  • Pages: 187
  • Sales rank: 814,375
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Huff is a former professional football players who was a five-time Pro Bowl selection who spent his storied 13-year career with the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. One of the first middle linebackers in NFL history, Huff bruised and battered his way to the 1956 NFL championship, while playing in six NFL Championship Games during his career. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982, and for more than 20 years he has been a color commentator on Redskins radio. He is the author of Tough Stuff. Kristine Setting Clark is a professional writer who has coauthored numerous books, including A Cowboy’s Life, The Fire Within, and Nothing Comes Easy. Frank Gifford is a Hall of Fame football players and a professional sportscaster.

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD Frank Gilford xiii

FOREWORD Steve Sabol xv

First Quarter A Path Without Boundaries 1

The Son of a Coal-miner

A Mining Town Education

Coach Kelly and Farmington High Football

Principal Joseph Cotrel

A Routine Procedure That Proved Almost Fatal

The End of My High School Career, Marrying Mary, and College Recruits

It Would Be West Virginia

Pappy Lewis and the Mountaineers of West Virginia

1952: A New Beginning

We Had the Entire Town Behind Us

The Entrepreneurs

Tommy Allman, Doc Morris, and The Nutcracker

The Greatest Team in Mountaineer History

1954: An 8-1 Season and No Bowl Offer

1955: Penn State Loses a Record Three Years Straight!

The Best Damned Football Player You Have Ever Seen!

Second Quarter Start Spreading the News-The New York Giants 37

Hot-Tempered, Arrogant, and Out of Control

From Tweener to Middle Linebacker

The Genius of Tom Landry

Acquisitions and Veteran Talent of 1956

That Championship Season

1957: Wellington and Contract Negotiations

Great Leading Men: Webster, MacAfee, Gifford, and Rote

Brown, Tittle, and the Alley-Oop

The Greatest Back in the NFL

1958: Defense! Defense!

A Colorful Cast of Characters: Modzelewski, Grier, Katcavage, Robustelli, & Tunnell

That Incredible '58 Season

The Greatest Game Ever Played

1959: The Organization Begins to Change

The Defense Makes its Mark, and Time Comes Calling

Getting Ready for the Colts

The 1959 Championship Game

Call for Philip Morris!

The Violent World of Sam Huff

1960: Jim Lee's Final Season

1961: The Torch Is Passed-Head Coach Allie Sherman

The Acquisition of Y.A. Tittle

Nemisis: Sherman and Taylor

Third Quarter Traded! 115

Ego vs. Football Logic

The '63 Season

Traded to the Redskins!

Coach Bill McPeak and Attorney Edward Bennett Williams

Carlisle, Pennsylvania-Training Camp

Another Colorful Cast of Characters

The '64 Season

A Dismal '65 Season

Next Stop: Vietnam

A New Season, A New Coach

Joe Don Looney-A Man True to His Name

The Absent-Minded Professor

1966: The Graham Era

1967: The Biggest Mistake of My Life

1969: Reunited With Lombardi

Fullback Ray McDonald

A Method to His Madness

The '69 Season-Saying Good-bye to the Game I Love

Fourth Quarter Life After Football 161

Tackling Politics

The Passing of a Legend

The Marriott Experience

Radio Days and Broadcasting the Redskins

The Hall of Fame

My Life Today…

Brothers of the Redskins' Legacy-Keepers of the Flame

Bibliography 185

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