Sam Huff to Headline at Fund for Concord Dinner at “The Greenbrier”

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 29 2009

CONTACT: Loretta Young, Associate Vice President for Development;
CU Foundation Executive Director


Sam Huff to Headline at Fund for Concord Dinner at “The Greenbrier”

Athens, W.Va. – Former football great Robert Lee “Sam” Huff will be speaking at the Fund for Concord dinner at The Greenbrier, Colonial Hall, Saturday, April 25. The reception is set for 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

Huff, who played for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

A West Virginia native, Huff is from Monongalia County. Huff attended Farmington High School, which is now closed, where he played football as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Huff helped lead the team to an undefeated season in 1951, and he earned all-state honors in 1952 and was named to the first-team all-Mason Dixon Conference.

Huff majored in physical education at West Virginia University where he played for the Mountaineers, leading WVU to a berth in the 1954 Sugar Bowl.

While playing for the Giants in 1959, Huff became the first NFL player to be featured on the cover of “Time” magazine. He was also the subject of a 1960 television special, “The Violent World of Sam Huff,” broadcast as an episode of “The Twentieth Century,” a series on CBS hosted by Walter Cronkite. In 2001, Huff was ranked number six on the “Sports Illustrated” list of West Virginia’s 50 Greatest Athletes.

In addition to sports, Huff has worked as a sports commentator and been involved with the West Virginia Breeders Classic (horse racing) and ran for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970, losing to Bob Mollahan.

Huff joined the Marriott Corporation in 1971, serving on their sales force and retiring in 1998 as vice president of sports marketing. He owns a 5 percent stake in the Marriott Hotel in Charleston.

Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia, showing his obvious admiration for Mr. Huff, stated, “We are extremely fortunate to have Sam Huff serve as this year’s guest speaker. Mr. Huff will bring a message of hope and inspiration to all in attendance. Quite frankly, I have admired Sam Huff for years. He has been my ‘hero’ since the days of Sam Huff versus Jim Brown. I hope that people will join us at The Greenbrier as we celebrate two of West Virginia’s great success stories – Sam Huff and Concord University.”

Individual tickets are available for $125. Table sponsorships are available at the $5,000 and $2,500 levels.

For information on attending the dinner, contact Ms. Loretta Young, associate vice president for development and executive director for the CU Foundation, 1-800-344-6679, 1-304-384-5257 or


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