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Sam Huff, Washington sports icon, retires

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Sam Huff, one of the Washington area's sports icons and a consistent radio staple in the Washington Redskins' broadcast booth, is retiring after nearly four decades of calling games.

The 78-year-old West Virginia native played for the Redskins for four seasons and then served as the team's head coach in 1969.

Huff was behind the microphone for 770 games since joining the team's radio crew in 1975, a run that culminated three times in calling Super Bowl victories.

"I've enjoyed every game that I played, coached and provided color commentary over the past 50 years," Huff said in a statement posted to ESPN 980's Facebook page.

Huff's half-century tenure with the franchise began in 1964 when the rival New York Giants let him go. The 78-year-old West Virginia native played for the Redskins for four seasons, then served as the team's head coach in 1969.

Not long after, Huff entered the broadcast booth. He was later joined by Redskins legend Sonny Jurgensen and play-by-play announcer Frank Herzog to form one of the NFL's most recognizable commentary tandems.

"You cannot think Redskins radio without Sam and Sonny," Red Zebra Broadcasting CEO Rick Carmean said.

Huff's numerous football honors include induction into both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, having his #75 retired by West Virginia University and inclusion in the Washington Redskins ring of honor. He also played for the Giants in the 1958 NFL championship game, widely known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

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