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On offense, Wyant said Huff wanted to do the play calling.

“He’d come back in the huddle and say, ‘run that play, run that play. I can get that guy,’” Wyant said. “And I always said, ‘I’m going to tell you what, You say you can get that guy. You don’t get him, you’re never calling another play.’

“He always got the guy. And that would leave him open to be able to make another call.”

Wyant was on the receiving end on one of Huff’s nasty hits during WVU’s 1955 spring game.

“Sam hit me in the jaw, almost knocked me out,” Wyant said. “We won by two touchdowns. But after the game, Sam and I put our arms around each other and walked off the field.”

In 2005, the first jerseys to be retired by the university were the No. 75 worn by Huff and basketball star Jerry West’s No. 44. In 1991 the pair were part of the inaugural class in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, along with Howley.

“He proved his mettle not only in college but certainly as a professional player,” said West, who was a freshman when Huff was a senior. “Obviously, he’s been a great friend to West Virginia. Certainly his ability to connect with the people of West Virginia is still there.”

In addition to his Redskins duties, Huff stays busy as a thoroughbred horse breeder in Middleburg, Va., and as CEO and board chairman of the West Virginia Breeders Classic in Charles Town, a race he co-founded in 1987.

As for Saturday’s honor, Huff calls it “nice” but isn’t particularly fond of the Mountaineers playing a Championship Division school.

“I think you’ve got to play your equal,” Huff said. “Pitt. Penn State.”

Huff doesn’t plan to get emotional about the day, either, declaring that “every day in my life is Sam Huff Day.”

He didn’t take a soft approach, either, when it came to his punishing brand of football. No regrets there.

“Nope,” he said. “When Jim Brown and Jim Taylor had the ball, I decked them. I put them on their back.”

A style that still has its admirers today.

“I’d like to find a couple of Sam Huffs in this group of linebackers that we have right here,” said West Virginia linebackers coach Keith Patterson.