Michael Huff

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Michael Huff
Michael Huff in 2012.jpg
Huff with the Oakland Raiders in 2012
No. --     Free agent
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-03-06) March 6, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Irving, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Irving (TX) Nimitz
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Debuted in 2006 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 446
Quarterback sacks 5.5
Interceptions 11
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Wayne Huff, II (born March 6, 1983) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He last played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American and the top college defensive back. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, and has played for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.

Early years[edit]

Huff was born in Irving, Texas.[1] He attended Nimitz High School in Irving, and was a three-year letterman in football and a four-year letterman in track. In football, he played wide receiver, cornerback, and safety, contributed in the playoffs his freshmen and junior years. His football jersey No. 23 was retired by Nimitz High School.

College career[edit]

Huff attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 2002 to 2005. He was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2005 and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. In 2002, he earned a third-team Freshman All-American selection from the Sporting News. He had four career interceptions returned for touchdowns, a school record. In the Rose Bowl game against the USC Trojans, Huff recovered a fumbled lateral from Reggie Bush, a play that many credit with changing the momentum of the game and helping the 2005 Texas Longhorn football team win the NCAA National Championship. He also was the key defender who prevented USC running back LenDale White from gaining a first down on a crucial fourth-down-and-two with USC leading late in the 4th quarter. Texas's Vince Young then marched down the field and scored the touchdown that secured the Longhorn victory.

Track and field[edit]

Huff also ran track and field at the University of Texas at Austin, where he recorded personal bests of 6.67 seconds in the 60 meters and 10.13 seconds in the 100 meters.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.67 Houston, Texas January 29, 2005
100 meters 10.13 Irving, Texas April 14, 2000
200 meters 20.9 Lockhart, Texas April 20, 2000

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

2006 season[edit]

Michael Huff was selected in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. After immediately being named the starter at strong safety in his rookie year, he recorded 78 tackles. On October 22, 2006, in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Huff recorded 4 solo tackles and his first safety. He started all 16 games in his rookie season.

2007 season[edit]

His first forced fumble came in his second year in a match-up against the Houston Texans on November 11, 2007. His first interception came in a game against rivalry team Kansas City Chiefs, which set up kicker Sebastian Janikowski for the field goal, which lead to a victory 20-17. Huff ended the game with an impressive performance, adding in 9 total tackles (7 solo, 2 assists). The following week, against another rivalry team, the Denver Broncos, Huff sacked Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler. Huff finished his 2007 season with 85 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.

Huff was moved to free safety after the acquisition of Gibril Wilson.[2]

2008 season[edit]

After recording just 12 tackles through the first 5 games of the 2008 season, Michael Huff was benched from his free safety position in favor of Hiram Eugene.

2009 season[edit]

At the start of the 2009 season, Oakland had Hiram Eugene and Huff splitting snaps. Huff displayed excellent ball skills in the first two weeks, intercepting 3 passes. Huff finished the season with 59 tackles, half a sack and 3 interceptions, playing next to strong safety Tyvon Branch.

2010 season[edit]

Huff opened the 2010 season as the Raiders starting free safety, still playing next to Tyvon Branch. The 2010 season would be the Raiders best season at 8-8 since losing Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 NFL season. For the second straight year, Huff finished with 3 interceptions, along with career highs in almost every defensive category on his way to his first All-Pro section, he was selected as a 2nd team All-Pro. Huff finished the season with 94 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions.

2011 season[edit]

On opening day of the 2011 NFL season, he was still the starting free safety playing next to Tyvon Branch in a win over the Denver Broncos.

On October 9, 2011 against the Houston Texans, Huff intercepted his first pass of the year in the endzone with no time remaining to ensure victory for the Raiders.[3]

2012 season[edit]

Huff once again started the 2012 season at free safety for the Raiders. However, injuries to starting cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer forced the team to move Huff to cornerback before Oakland's week 3 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Huff was cut by the Oakland Raiders on March 12, 2013.[4][5]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

2013 season[edit]

On March 27, 2013 Huff agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens on a three-year deal worth $6 million.[6] On October 30, 2013 Huff was released by the Baltimore Ravens.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On November 19, 2013 Huff was signed by the Denver Broncos.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2006 OAK 16 78 64 14 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2007 OAK 16 85 74 11 1.0 1 0 0 1 4 4 4 0 11
2008 OAK 16 28 23 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2009 OAK 16 59 54 5 0.5 0 1 0 3 15 5 10 0 14
2010 OAK 16 94 77 17 4.0 3 0 0 3 32 11 17 0 7
2011 OAK 12 38 32 6 0.0 0 0 0 2 24 12 24 0 4
2012 OAK 16 56 37 19 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 13
2013 DEN 3 2 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 BAL 7 6 5 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 118 446 368 78 5.5 4 1 0 11 75 7 24 0 55

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