WASHINGTON — Legendary Washington Redskins linebacker and broadcaster Sam Huff is not well, as years of physical play on the gridiron is likely to have contributed to his diagnosis of dementia in 2013.
What’s worse: his family has been spent nearly six months arguing about his place of residence, as well as personal and financial care, an argument that is headed to Loudoun County Circuit Court.
On the one side of the dispute is Carol Holden, his domestic and business partner of nearly 29 years, who lived with him at Huff Farm in Middleburg, Va. until March 31, 2016.
It was on that date that his daughter, Catherine Huff, picked him up for a dentist appointment. She never returned Sam to his farm, instead taking him to her home in Alexandria, Va.
The Washington Post details accusations and allegations from both sides, as they appear in court documents. As it currently stands, an emergency appeal to appoint Holden as Sam’s guardian will be heard on Sept. 16, a date that Catherine and her team are attempting to postpone.
Any hearing will likely center on the degree to which Huff has devolved into incapacitation. Five years ago, he named his daughter his durable power of attorney with control over his finances. At the same time, he placed Holden in charge of his health care decisions.
That changed after his removal from Huff Farm, when he filed new paperwork placing Catherine in charge of his medical decisions as well, with Catherine’s mother (and Huff’s ex-wife) as her backup.
Holden contested that he was of sound mind and body in making that decision, citing that Huff’s divorce was contentious.
No court documents suggest that either side seeks to amend the will and drastically change his finances. The situation seems to about who can best care for the 81-year-old football legend and make his medical decisions.
After a Hall of Fame football career with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, Huff joined Sonny Jurgensen in the team’s radio broadcast booth, broadcasting every game between 1975 and 2011.
For the 2012 season, Huff and the team agreed to a schedule that reduced travel and kept him as part of the broadcast for home games. That was his final season in the booth.