“Bud” Huff ‘54
Sensational, Superfast, and Powerful - - these are some of the superlatives used by Benedict College football fans to describe Leroy Christopher ‘‘Bud'' Huff a standout varsity player from 1950 to 1953.
Huff was one of the most prolific athletes, ever to wear The Tigers' purple and gold uniform. He performed brilliantly as a defensive halfback in 1950 and 1952, and was a feared punt returner. In 1952 and 1953 he became the team's premier running back, displaying high - octane speed and the ability to score from anywhere on the field.
“Bud” a 6-2, 200 pounder from Chester, was the “go to” guy on Benedict's awesome offensive unit which comprised all-time greats Robed Donald, quarterback and blocking back; Elwood Davis, halfback; Nathaniel “Slick” Hartman, end; and Nathaniel Drisker, guard.
Running off tackle, Huff would escape traffic at the line the turn on his sprinter speed to beat everyone up to the sideline and into the end zone. Such exploits earned cheers from the Benedict faithful as well as berths on All-SIAC teams and honorable mention All-America selection by sportswriters of the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper.
Leroy Huff graduated with the Class of 1954 and coached two state championship football teams at Sims High in Union before moving to Washington DC where he resides.