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Sam Huff Signs Contract with Redskins

June 24, 1964 - Sam Huff signed a contract today to play for the Washington Redskins. Huff was acquired from the New York Giants in a four-player deal last April, but did not decide to play for the Redskins until today.

He flew to Washington for a final conference with coach Bill McPeak and was reported to have signed for a salary estimated at $16,000 next year.

Huff, who has played eight years in the NFL, was believed to have been making $14,000 with the Giants. He said he also received a “no-trade” clause in his contract.

“It wasn’t what I asked for, but nobody gets everything they ask for,” Sam said. “Let’s just say it was enough to make me very happy.”

Huff said he came close to quitting football as late as last night. When a proposed radio-television network contract as a full-time sports commentator did not materialize, Huff said he called his wife and said, “I’m playing football.”

“Then I closed my ears,” he said with a chuckle. He was alluding to the fact that his wife had wanted him to quit football.

Huff said he had talked with the Washington coach on six occasions before deciding to sign — three times in New York and three times in Washington. He said one big factor in his decision to play was the off-season job situation. Huff explained that the J.P. Stevens Company, a textile manufacturer for whom he has been working, told him it would continue to employ him despite his shift to Washington.

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