WASHINGTON — A bizarre dispute between family members and a long-time personal and business associate has been at least temporarily resolved, in the interests of gridiron legend Sam Huff.
The former Washington Redskins Hall of Famer and long-time team radio broadcast commentator has been living in Alexandria with his daughter Catherine since she picked him up from Huff Farm in Middleburg in March.
At the time, she told his partner Carol Holden that she was taking her father–who suffers from dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, brought on by years of physical play from the linebacker position–to a dentist appointment.
But Huff would not return home to Huff Farm after, instead moving in with Catherine, who alleged that Holden had mistreated and neglected him. Weeks later, paperwork was filed that changed Catherine, who already had power of attorney over his finances, to being in charge of his medical decisions as well.
These were all factors that the judge considered in Loudoun County’s Circuit Court on Friday afternoon, eventually scheduling a court case for the end of March 2017. In the meantime, Huff returns to Huff Farm and the two sides will schedule mediation.
“The family has been able to amicably resolve their differences, and Sam Huff should be returning to Huff Farm shortly,” reads a joint statement from the two sides. “The family appreciates everyone respecting their privacy during this time.”
That’s not to say that everything appeared amicable in court. According to a Washington Post report, Catherine Huff burst into tears nearly an hour after the resolution was reached and left the courtroom with her lawyer without making further comment.
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.