Wake Forest Hall of Famer Gerald Huth Passes

Feb. 14, 2011

Gerald Huth, who was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in November, 2010, passed away on Friday, February 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 77.

An aggressive left guard for the Deacons in the early 1950s, Huth had one of the most decorated NFL careers of any Wake Forest football alum. Huth made an immediate impact on the field for the Demon Deacons and his efforts were rewarded when he was named to the Carolina College's All-Star team in 1952. During his stint at Wake Forest, Huth started at left guard from 1953-55 and was named to the All-ACC second team in 1953 and received ACC honorable mention in 1954.

His NFL career began with the New York Giants where he played from 1956-57, starting eight out of twelve games as a rookie. On December 30th, 1956 the Giants defeated the Chicago Bears in Yankee Stadium to give Huth the first of two NFL World Championships. That same year he finished third in the voting for the NFL Rookie of the Year.

Drafted by the U.S. Army in 1957, Huth spent a year in Germany where he led the Third Division, Fourth Infantry football team to the European Football Championship. Upon re-entering the NFL in 1959, he started for the Philadelphia Eagles where he would earn his second NFL World Championship ring. Huth made the game-winning block that propelled the Eagles over the Packers, 17-13 in the 1960 NFL Championship game.

When the NFL expanded in 1961, Huth was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings where he would end his NFL career after three seasons.

A local hero in his hometown of Floyds Knob, Indiana, he was inducted into the New Albany, Indiana High School Hall of Fame on September, 2007. Huth was an active member of the NFL Alumni Association.

He was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in November, 2010.

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