Longtime Redskins Radio Analyst Sam Huff Retires From The Broadcast Booth
Pro Football HOFer and Redskins radio analyst Sam Huff is "retiring from the team’s broadcasts" after 38 years, according to Paul Farhi of the WASHINGTON POST. The 78-year-old Huff "cut back his work as a color analyst last season, working only home games and the Redskins’ road games against the Giants and Cowboys." Red Zebra Broadcasting VP/Programming Chuck Sapienza, whose company owns ESPN 980 in DC, said that Huff this season will "step aside entirely from game coverage, but will be heard on the pregame show before some home games." Farhi reported Huff "won’t be replaced as the second analyst on games, leaving a two-man booth" of play-by-play announcer Larry Michael and analyst Sonny Jurgensen. Former NFLer Rick “Doc” Walker will "continue as a sideline analyst." Jurgensen, Huff and Frank Herzog in the '80s and '90s formed an on-air trio that was "almost as beloved as the Super Bowl-winning teams they broadcast." Red Zebra, which is owned by Redskins Owner Dan Snyder, has "used former Redskins such as Brian Mitchell as halftime commentators." Sapienza said that that practice "will continue, but details are still being finalized" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22). PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Michael David Smith noted the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seahawks last season was Huff's 770th game on the team's radio broadcasts. The Redskins said that they will "honor Huff for his radio work at a game this season" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 6/21).