LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – Sonny and Sam – the sound is as familiar as church bells on Sunday.
But as Redskins fans watched Robert Griffin III’s coming out party in New Orleans, Sam Huff was taking a leisurely stroll, nowhere near the radio where he’s called Washington Redskins games for the past 37 seasons.
“If I’m not a part of it, I don’t want to see it,” Huff said Friday on “The Mike Wise Show” on 106.7 The Fan.
A decision was made this offseason to limit Huff’s broadcast schedule to the Skins’ eight home games and two away games in Dallas and New York.
The legendary pair of Huff and Sonny Jurgensen seemed inseparable. The absence of Huff’s voice from last Sunday’s broadcast seemed almost unthinkable.
Yet, Jurgensen, along with Larry Michael and Rick “Doc” Walker, handled the broadcast without the 77-year-old former linebacker.
“Sometimes people think they can do better without you than they can with you,” Huff said.
It was a bitter pill for Huff to swallow. He wanted to be there with the men he considers his friends, doing what he loves most.
“The radio station cut me out,” he said. “I asked ‘what the hell am I supposed to do?’ And they said ‘keep your mouth shut and stay home.’”
That’s exactly what he did, albeit with a great deal of frustration.
“I don’t know why, if Sonny Jurgensen can make the trip, and hell he is older than me, how come I can’t make the trip down to New Orleans last week?”
Jurgensen turned 78 in August while his longtime friend will turn the same age on Oct. 4.
If age was not a factor in the decision to limit Huff’s time in the broadcast booth, some could wonder if his occasional on-air snafus led to the cutback.
However, a recent Washington Post article reports the cutback is not performance-related. An official with the Redskins Radio Network tells the Post that Huff and his family were unsure he wanted to broadcast all the games and his reduced schedule was agreed upon following a series of meetings between the two. Still, Huff feels left out.
“I miss it,” Huff said. “I want to be a part of everything else. And they said I’m too old. I told them ‘hell, everyone gets old.’”
“That’s just the way it is and I have to get with the program,” he said.