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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 11 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 11

(By Delegates Manchin, Caputo, Cann, Fragale,

Iaquinta, Longstreth, Manypenny and Miley)


Requesting the Division of Highways erect two signs on I-79 when entering Marion County honoring two West Virginia football legends, Sam Huff and Frank "Gunner" Gatski that read "Home of Football Hall of Fame Members Frank "Gunner" Gatski and Sam Huff".

Whereas, Sam Huff was born and grew up in Edna Gas and attended and played high school football at the now-closed Farmington High School, where he was both an offensive and defensive lineman. While he was there, Mr. Huff helped lead the team to an undefeated season in 1951. He earned all-state honors in 1952 and was named to the first team all Mason- Dixon Conference
; and
Whereas, Mr. Huff attended and played college football at West Virginia University and started at guard as a sophomore and tackle the next two years, after winning a letter as a backup guard during his freshman season. He was a four-year letterman and helped lead West Virginia to a combined four-year mark of 31-7 and a berth in the 1954 Sugar Bowl. In 1955, Mr. Huff was voted an All-American and served as cocaptain in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl; and

Whereas, Mr. Huff played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1956 to 1963 and the Washington Redskins from 1964. He played in four straight Pro Bowls with the Giants from 1959 to 1963 and was named most valuable player of the 1961 Pro Bowl; and
Whereas, Mr. Huff became the first NFL player to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine on November 30, 1959, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. In addition to being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, in 1988 Mr. Huff was inducted into the West Virginia University School of Physical Education Hall of Fame and, in 1991 was inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999, Mr. Huff was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame and was ranked 76th on The Sporting News' list of the "100 Greatest Football Players." On November 24, 2005, his uniform, number 75, was retired by West Virginia University; and
Whereas, Frank "Gunner" Gatski was born on March 18, 1919 in Farmington and attended Marshall University and Auburn University and played as a center and linebacker; and
Whereas, Mr. Gatski played center for the NFL teams Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1956 and the Detroit Lions in 1957. In twelve seasons, his teams played for the league title eleven times; and
Whereas, Mr. Gatski was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, in a class that included Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, and Roger Staubach; and
Whereas, Marshall University retired Mr. Gatski's uniform, (number 72), on October 15, 2005, the first Marshall University football player to be so honored; and
Whereas, Mr. Gatski died on November 22, 2005, in Morgantown; and
Whereas, It is fitting to honor Sam Huff and Frank "Gunner" Gatski for their outstanding football careers that brought enormous positive attention and pride to their communities and their state by erecting two signs on I-79 when entering Marion County honoring those two West Virginia football legends that read "Home of Football Hall of Fame Members Frank "Gunner" Gatski and Sam Huff"; therefore, be it
Resolved by the West Virginia Legislature:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways erect two signs on I-79 when entering Marion County honoring two West Virginia football legends, Sam Huff and Frank "Gunner" Gatski that read "Home of Football Hall of Fame Members Frank "Gunner" Gatski and Sam Huff"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, to the family of Frank "Gunner" Gatski and to Sam Huff and to his family
.
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