Sam Huff vs. Chris Hanburger

Advantage: Huff

Chris Hanburger was a hard-nosed, tough and contributing player for the Redskins and led the defense. Sam Huff was on another level in my view. Huff, along with Jurgensen one of the team's long-time broadcasters, brought a grit and attitude to the Redskins' defense after arriving from the Giants. He helped form the Redskins defense into an improving unit.

By Jason Feller |  August 3, 2006; 12:41 PM ET
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There is a real simple choice here. Nine time pro bowler (most of ANY Redskin). I guy who retired before he would let them trade him from being a SKIN. OR a former Giant that went into the Hall as such and only has a name with Skins fans because he got a job on their radio. His career was on the decline with the Skins. Hanburger is a true Washington Redskin!

Posted by: Curt | August 3, 2006 01:51 PM

There is a real simple choice here. Nine time pro bowler (most of ANY Redskin). I guy who retired before he would let them trade him from being a SKIN. OR a former Giant that went into the Hall as such and only has a name with Skins fans because he got a job on their radio. His career was on the decline with the Skins. Hanburger is a true Washington Redskin!

Posted by: Curt | August 3, 2006 01:55 PM

Sam Huff was on the down side of his career with the Redskins, and the defense was still not very good with him on it. Chris Hanburger was a nine time pro bowler for the Redskins. There is no comparison, Hanburger by a mile!!!!

Posted by: Rick | August 3, 2006 02:12 PM

This is what Huff said when asked about being traded to the Redskins: I never wanted to be traded and I played extremely well for the Giants. In my eight years with the Giants - six world championship games, I was featured on the cover of Time magazine, CBS did a story on my life titled, "The Violent World of Sam Huff," we had a great team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. And, there was no reason in the world to trade me for two guys who never did produce for the Giants.
NUFF about HUFF, He is a friggin GIANT! Hanburger is the MAN!!!!

Posted by: David | August 3, 2006 02:18 PM

Chris Hanburger is the most overlooked Hall-of-Fame candidate in NFL history... even more than Art Monk! There is no former player with his resume who is not enshrined in Canton. He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, selected as an all-pro five times and was named the NFL defensive player of the year in 1972. He was also entrusted by George Allen to call defensive signals for his defense... one of the best in the NFL during the Allen era in Washington. Anyone who reads this should write to Len Shapiro and other Hall-of-Fame Veterans Committee voters and urge them to put Chris Hanburger in the Hall-of-Fame where he belongs!

Posted by: Tim | August 3, 2006 02:34 PM

It is hard to imagine not voting for an HOF, like Sam Huff. But the posts here are right Chris Hanburger is a unique Redskins Legend. And, if you saw him play outside, it would be a preamble (though not nearly as dominating) Lawrence Taylor...

Posted by: Terry | August 3, 2006 02:37 PM

What are you going to do next? Nominate Art Monk as a Legendary New York Jet? Like many have already said, Hanburger was a Redskin, Huff was a Giant. Plus the fact that 9 Pro Bowl says it all by itself.

Posted by: Tom | August 3, 2006 05:51 PM

Huff was a great Giant... but was over the hill in DC. Hanburger might be one of the most under rated Redskin ever... maybe Monte Coleman.

Posted by: phil0258 | August 3, 2006 07:06 PM

The talking heads always like to say that they really respect a guy who lets his play do his talking but the fact that Art Monk and Chris Hanburger are not in the HOF speaks volumes. In the end they vote for the good players that made their lives easier, not the great ones that made them work. Sam Huff was not even close to the player Hanburger was for the Skins.

Posted by: Steve | August 3, 2006 07:21 PM

I watched both players during their carrers and questioned what Huff might have left in the tank when we traded Dick James for him. Although he played well as a Redskin, his best years were behind him. Chris Hanburger was the heart and soul of the Over-The-Hill gang and was the only bright spot before the George Allen era. His 9 Pro-Bowls speak for themselves. Ask my sons George Allen and Chris which one I admired more.

Posted by: Mick | August 4, 2006 12:52 PM

Hanburger - hands down. I'll take content over a mouth any day.

Posted by: chris | August 4, 2006 01:58 PM

This seems a little unfair to Chris because Sam is still very much in the public eye. My vote was for chris.

Posted by: Frank Jordan | August 4, 2006 02:43 PM

I can't remember Huff as a player so I might be a little biased, but Hanburger was my hero growing up. I wanted to hit people like he did. I want to cause the kind of havok he caused. Maybe Sam was a great Giant, but that's not what we're voing on here. I can still see Hanburger smashing into cowboys, eagles, giants and cardinals. Most of the time they ended up looking through the earhole of their helmets.

Posted by: TRH | August 4, 2006 04:27 PM

Sorry, guys -- you plain fumbled this one. Huff had the more legendary career -- but with the Giants. Hanburger was the better REDSKIN. Ask Huff himself...

Posted by: Harry | August 4, 2006 04:44 PM

You guys are money on this one. Huff was a great NFL player but as a redskin he was average to good at best. On the other hand I got a brand new number 55 Chris Hamburger redskin uniform for christmas when I was 7 so that seals it for me.

Posted by: gmoney65 | August 4, 2006 05:55 PM

I watched Chris from High School 'til retiring and did not watch the giants except for two games a year
What film have you been watching?
Dan Synder knows it is hard to get good help nowdays
Chris your the greatest and inspire others!

Posted by: DICK | August 4, 2006 08:51 PM

I voted for Huff without thinking, but wish I could change my vote and go with Hanburger. As I recall, he was small by linebacker standards; but he was fearless, aggressive, and fast and quarterbacks hated him! Vote for Chris!

Posted by: Al | August 5, 2006 09:11 AM

Sam Huff, though in his prime probably a better player, was not with the Redskins during the peak of his career. This isn't to say he wasn't great when he did come to D.C., but certainly not at the sustained level of play of Chris Hanburger.

When voting for the best 'Redskin', one should consider how they played, how long they played at a high level, and how they handled themselves on and off the field (e.g. Charles Mann over Dexter).

If you agree with this, the choice is clear here: Chris Hanburger. He's a true Redskin Icon.

Close your eyes and think of Sam Huff in his NFL playing days. If you're a true fan of the game, you'll see him in Giants uniform.

Now do the same with Chris Hanburger... Yeah, I thought so.

Posted by: Dean | August 5, 2006 09:21 AM

Wrong! Sam Huff is one of the most overrated linebackers in NFL history. Chris Hanburger, Wilbur Marshall, Brad Dusek, Kurt Gouveia, Monte Coleman -- all better Redskin linebackers than Huff.

Posted by: Kurt | August 5, 2006 09:38 AM

Try being both objective and a 'Skins fans. Let's not get carried away. I have fonder memories of Dusek, Gouveia, but have a good feeling that they were'nt on any HOF finalist list (let alone any 'Skins HOF list). Issue however is Hanburger and Huff. Hanburger was the true 'Skin.

Posted by: Dean | August 5, 2006 09:52 AM

Try being both objective and a 'Skins fans. Let's not get carried away. I have fonder memories of Dusek, Gouveia, but have a good feeling that they were not on any HOF finalist list (let alone any 'Skins HOF list). Issue however is Hanburger and Huff. Hanburger was the true 'Skin.

Posted by: Dean | August 5, 2006 09:52 AM


Posted by: Opita | August 5, 2006 10:17 AM

CBS made Sam Huff with the special "The violent world of..." Watch the film. Sam always fell on the pile. Overrated!! Hanburger created the pile - the "Hangman" Chris was the real deal. How many people voting even know he played for the Skins. I was there from 1963 until today as a season ticket holder and saw the whole thing - your honor. Hanburger by a mile.

Posted by: dad14202 | August 5, 2006 07:27 PM

Huff's primary association with the Redskins comes from his radio duties, not his performance on the field. I hate to add to what is starting to sound like a broken record here but most the sentiments expressed above are dead on- by the time he got to Washington, the Sam Huff of legend was but a fading memory. Hanburger was one of the most underrated defenders on the 1970s and is easily the more valuable Redskin.

Posted by: Lou Jones | August 7, 2006 12:20 PM

The Hangman. Why are we even considering someone who wasn't primarily a Skin?

Posted by: arlingtontwb | August 7, 2006 04:49 PM

Upon further reflection, I concede that Hanburger deserves more credit as a Redskin. To avoid being called a flip-flopper I will stick with Huff, although if I had to do over, I would probably lean towards Hanburger.

Posted by: Jason Feller | August 7, 2006 05:47 PM

Sam Huff was a great linebacker for 2 teams
us being the latter but i was lucky enough to watch Chris play and in my opinion there was never ever a better linebacker in Skins history.Period!!!!!

Posted by: dskin | August 8, 2006 05:04 AM

Chris Hanburger made his teamates better players. Harold McClinton, Brigg Owens, Mike Bass, that entire Linebacker/Secondary corps were better because Chris Hanburger raised the standard to a higher level. With Kenny Houston behind him, that was one tough crew....Hell, ask those Cowboys' receivers and their backfield....Hanburger beat the Hell out of Dallas and he enjoyed it!

Posted by: New Mexico Mike | August 12, 2006 09:17 PM

After Chris retired we did not see him for a long time.....but he sure was good in that movie Dumb and Dumber with Jeff Daniels.

Posted by: Flick Junkie | August 14, 2006 05:34 PM

Anyone who voted for Sam Huff over Chris (Hit em hard) Hanburger can't be a real Redskin fan. Sam was our man as a skin but Chris was heart and soul what we all wanted to watch on Sunday.

Posted by: Charlie | August 20, 2006 09:14 PM

Many of these comparisons don't do justice to the fact that the range spans decades! How do you 'compare' Sam Huff to Chris Hanburger? Because of my age, I remember Chris - a no-nonsense, perennial silent-leader type who made his mark with his level of play, not his mouth. And I agree with the prevailing sentiment here that Hanburger gets the nod over Huff, if nothing else for longevity with the 'Skins....

Posted by: Chris | August 26, 2006 11:16 AM

When George Allen came to Washington in 1971,he traded for many of his former Ram defenders to shore up the defense.It worked,for the defense did become that much better.But one thing true Redskin fans could take pride in was the fact that the best defender was someone who was already here,Chris Hanbuurger.NFC defensive player of the year in 1972.

Posted by: seang | August 26, 2006 11:31 AM

Once again the Veteran's Committee voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have overlooked Chris Hanburger (9 Pro Bowls, 5 Time All-Pro, 1972 Defensive Player of the Year), this time in favor of Charlie Sanders (7 Time Pro Bowl Tight End for Detroit) and Gene Hickerson (6 Time Pro Bowl Guard for Cleveland). Here is a list of the 9 Veteran's Committee voters and their e-mail addresses:

Len Shapiro (
Don Pierson (
Rick Gosselin (
Jerry Green (via
John McClain (
Edwin Pope (
Jerry MaGee (
Ira Miller (
Dave Goldberg (via

Please do your part as a Redskins fan and write to each of these people. Ask them to simply review the career resume and Hall-of-Fame credentials for Chris Hanburger. If enough fans bring his name to their attention, his resume will do the rest and we will soon be able to celebrate the enshrinement of a truly deserving Redskin into the Hall-of-Fame. Thanks.

Posted by: Tim | August 27, 2006 06:52 AM

I grew up watching Hanburger pulverize his opponents. The best part is that he lived down the street! for my 8th birthday, he gave me a persally autographed picture. He still lives in Southern Md. and I saw him joggig recently--still an animal. Hanburger is a true skin--no question

Posted by: Jim Windsor | September 7, 2006 07:50 AM

Chris Hanburger...Hands down...No contest is the best!! He was my favorite Redskin and always will be. I met him at an autograph signing session when I was a young teen and he couldn't have been nicer to me. He was a great linebacker....his 9 pro bowls proves that...and he deserves his rightful place in the NFL Hall Of Fame.

Posted by: Carol | September 11, 2006 04:18 AM

Chris Hanburger is the greatest athlete in any sport whose performance has been grossly overlooked by the sports hall-of-Fame...if they dont put Hanburger in the hall of fame, they should not have one..its a disgrace!

Posted by: MIke | October 9, 2006 10:51 PM

Wow! I admit I know nothing about sports but I googled the "guy that played ball for Washington" that just moved in next door and I have to say it's an honor to have Mr. Hanburger as an aquaintance! He apparently has every right to brag about his career but you would never know by his demeanor and level of class. From what I've read on here and other sites he does definitely deserve to be in the Hall of Fame!

Posted by: Faith | December 15, 2006 09:14 PM

This man, whom I so lovingly called my "hamburger" when I was a little girl being tossed around like a football by him and Larry Brown, has the number one spot in MY hall of fame. He made football what it is for me today and no one else could come closer to perfection on the field in my eyes. Faith please tell your neighbor that Regina says hello and although almost 40 years is a long time I have never forgotten him.

Posted by: Regina | February 1, 2007 09:20 AM

Chris hanburger of course, I would have loved to see him KO that punk Michael Irvin! Why is Irvin and Jackie Smith (who came thru and dropped that Cowboy pass) in the Hall of Fame over Chris and Jerry Smith, I'm Surprised Riggo made it!!!!!!!

Posted by: ronny riggins | March 26, 2007 09:10 PM

Well who cares if you go to a super bowl It is all about being a team player Sam Huff is by far better than Chris hanburger

Posted by: Dakota Kelly | April 19, 2007 12:20 PM

Compared to Huff Hanburger is HAMBURGER MEAT.If Hanburger was so good then why wasn't Hanberger he on the cover of the life magazine,why wasnt' he considered one of the most physical players in the NFL,if Hanburger's defense is so good then why didn't he go to 6 super bowls out of 8 years.Was Hanburger and the 1950 all decade team.Sam Huff was a hard nosed football legend and a hard nosed West Virginia boy.

Posted by: cole parsons | April 19, 2007 12:24 PM

i think sam huff suck

Posted by: grant | April 20, 2007 12:18 PM

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