Gary Earl Huff (born April 27, 1951 in Natchez, Mississippi), who graduated from Leto Senior High School in Tampa, Florida and played college football and baseball at Florida State University, was a professional football quarterback. He was an All-American at FSU, where he led the nation in touchdown passes in 1971 and 1972. Huff played in the first annual Fiesta Bowl in 1971, passed for three touchdowns, and for the first time in college history had three receivers catch over 100 yards in the same game (Barry Smith 8 for 143 yards, Rhett Dawson 8 for 108 yards, and Kent Gaydos 5 for 101 yards).
Huff was drafted with the 7th pick in the second round (33rd pick overall) by the Chicago Bears in the 1973 NFL Draft. He played with the Bears for four years (1973-1976), two years with Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1977-1978), and one year with the San Francisco 49ers (1980). He quarterbacked the first win in Buccaneers history in 1977. He finished his 13-year playing career in 1985 as a player-coach for the USFL Memphis Showboats.
By Dean Hanley
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