According to the Washington Post, Redskins radio analyst Sam Huff is retiring at the age of 78 after a long career as a player, coach and broadcaster in Washington.
Sam Huff, an NFL Hall of Famer who spent 38 years as a Redskins radio analyst, is retiring from the team’s broadcasts.
Huff, 78, cut back his work as a color analyst last season, working only home games and the Redskins’ road games against the Giants and Cowboys.
This season, he will step aside entirely from game coverage, but will be heard on the pregame show before some home games, said Chuck Sapienza, vice president of programming for Red Zebra Broadcasting, the company that owns ESPN980 (980 AM), the Redskins’ flagship station in Washington.
“He’s had a very long run,” said Sapienza, who described Huff’s decision to retire as Huff’s own. “People don’t understand the strain and rigor of a long broadcast season. He’s ready. He’s tired.”
Huff has been part of the Redskins since joining them as a player in 1964 after starting his career with New York Giants. He won’t be replaced as the second analyst on games, leaving a two-man booth. Larry Michael will continue as the team’s play-by-play man and Sonny Jurgensen will remain as a single analyst. Rick “Doc” Walker, a former Redskin, will continue as a sideline analyst.
“I’ve enjoyed every game that I played, coached and provided color commentary over the last 50 years with the Washington Redskins. I look forward to joining Larry, Sonny and Doc on the pre-game show a few times this season,” Huff said in a statement released by ESPN980.
Living in the Washington D.C. area and listening to Huff and Jergensen, it’s time for both of them to retire. They were great players, but they’re both past their time in the booth. At least Huff finally made the move.