Let me start by saying that, in my previous article about Lenny Moore and Larry Allen, I failed to mention that Moore was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975; he deserves to be given his dues.
Number 93 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Sam Huff. Huff played from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s primarily for the New York Giants, so he is not well-known by current-day fans, and as such received no fan ranking.
Sam Huff was a coach’s player. He was smart. What he was noted for on the field besides his brains was the way he tackled. Huff was called the “Man in the Middle” as a middle linebacker, and when he hit a running back the back remembered it.
Huff was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.
He was drafted inconspicuously by the Giants in 1956 out of West Virginia in Round 3 and number 30 and, as the mini-doc that I’ve linked to says, “He escaped the mining town he was born in through football.”
Why was Huff inducted into the Hall of Fame?
Sam Huff played 14 seasons and played in 168 games. He started as a defensive lineman but was moved to middle linebacker when the Giants changed formations.
Huff had 30 interceptions and played in six NFL title games and five Pro-Bowls.
I think Huff and perhaps many Giants of that era may not get the ranking and recognition they deserve because they played at a time when the Baltimore Colts were legendary.
Number 92 on the “Top 100” is wide receiver Michael Irvin. Irvin has the distinction of being the only guy in the Hall of Fame whose last name starts with an “I.”
Irvin is the first modern-day player who is in the Hall of Fame, retiring in 1999 and entering the Hall in 2007.
I didn’t care much for Michael Irvin. He was the first major show-off and confronter I can remember. However, when quarterback Troy Aikman came to the Cowboys, Irvin exploded; he was a great wide receiver. He had 750 career receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns.
Michael Irvin’s career was ended in 1999 in a terrible game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Irvin hit his head and was temporarily paralyzed. There is a great deal of hate between the two teams, and when Irvin was laying on the ground, the Eagles fans cheered.
It was considered a dark day in sports.
Michael Irvin was picked Number 40 by the fans.
CNN Website, “There’s no excuse for what we did”