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Remembering a Capitol Sports Network Connection

24/11/2021

Corp Vice President of Special Projects George Habel looks back on memories of a former CBC sports connection, the pro linebacker Sam Huff, in his blog, Note To Self:

Remembering Sam Huff by George Habel

Sam Huff (click photo for Washington Post obituary)

Another throwback post, inspired by the passing of NFL great Sam Huff on November 13th at 87. He played famously for the NY Giants and Washington Redskins in the 1950s and 60s.

Long before the Panthers, the Washington Football Team (formerly the Washington Redskins) was this regions favorite team, especially in the northern tier of NC.

And rightfully so. From 1982 to 1991, under legendary head coach Joe Gibbs, a NC native, Washington appeared in the postseason seven times, captured four conference titles and played in four Super Bowls, wining three of them.

The teams renowned radio crew of Sonny, Sam & Frank Sonny Jurgensen (from Wilmington and Duke), Sam Huff and Frank Herzog called the games.

Capitol Radio Networks had built a regional satellite network in the 1980s and we provided that service for the Redskins broadcasts in the late 80s/early 90s, working originally with DC flagship station WMAL and later with WTEM. We grew the network to over 100 stations in the mid-Atlantic states.

The football broadcasts connected us to Sam Huff, but we got to know him through his avocation, horse racing and breeding. Sam and his partner Carol Holden operated Sporting Life Stables in northern Virginia, and Capitol assisted them with the launch of a weekly radio show called Trackside. It aired for 28 years until 2016.

Sams day job was VP with Marriott. He was a celebrity rainmaker, persuading sports teams to use their hotels. He was a great salesman disarmingly intense!

I recall a dinner at the Angus Barn where I asked him to do a commercial for an advertiser. He readily agreed for $2500. That was major money in the early 90s. My jaw dropped. Sam smiled and simply tapped his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. Message delivered. Value established. (Like I said, disarmingly intense.)

Read about Sams equestrian pursuits and his inspiring life that began in the WVA coal fields, a football career that included a Time magazine cover, and his later years that unfortunately ended with dementia.

Thanks to Corp's George Habel for this Capcom story & photo.
LINK: https://www.capitolbroadcasting.com/2021/11/24/remembering-a-capitol-s...
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