WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Legendary broadcaster Sam Huff announced his retirement from the Redskins radio broadcast Friday, signaling the end of Sonny and Sam after 31 memorable years.
“I’ve enjoyed every game that I played, coached and provided color commentary over the last 50 years with the Washington Redskins,” Huff said, via a press release from the Redskins Radio Network.
Huff’s broadcast career began with the Redskins in 1975, six years after the conclusion of his 13-year Hall of Fame playing career with New York and Washington.
In 1981, Huff was paired with former Redskins quarterback and fellow Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen. The two would call games side-by-side for the next 31 years, with generation after generation being raised on the voices of “Sonny and Sam.”
They’d broadcast alongside various other voices throughout their time together, most notably Frank Herzog, who led the duo with play-by-duties until 2004, before being replaced by Larry Michael, and with the addition of Rick ‘Doc’ Walker in 2002.
“Although Sam’s commentary duties will change, he will always be part of our Redskins family,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said. “And we look forward to his future contributions on Washington Redskins broadcasts.”
Huff was reluctant to have his broadcast schedule shortened last season, when the team announced he’d only be a part of home broadcasts and road trips to Dallas and New York.
“If I’m not a part of it, I don’t want to see it,” Huff told 106.7 The Fan in 2012. “Sometimes people think they can do better without you than they can with you.”
Needless to say, his time on our radios will be forever memorable, and his inclusion as part of the Redskins family, to fans at least, will be eternal.
“I look forward to joining Larry, Sonny and Doc on the pre-game show a few times this season,” Huff said in the release.
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