Sam Huff custody battle in court

Sam Huff custody battle lands in court

LEESBURG, VA (WUSA9) - It's no secret that the legendary linebacker, hall of famer and former Redskin Sam Huff has dementia. But a feud over his care landed in Loudoun County Court after friends accused his daughter of kidnapping him.  

In a Walter Cronkite 1960 news clips, the handsome 26-year-old Giants linebacker talks about the violent world on the grid iron.

“It's either kill or be killed," Huff told the camera.

After retiring from playing football, Sam Huff became a beloved Redskins announcer. Huff, now almost 82, has dementia that's either Alzheimer’s or encephalopathy caused by all those blows to the head. 

"It's been an emotional situation, for all of us," said longtime friend Gordon Keys, who teared up thinking about his old friend's situation.          

About 20 friends of Sam Huff were in court to support Huff's girlfriend, Carol Holden, with whom he has lived with on his horse farm in Middleburg for the past 30 years. 

Until last March.

That's when Sam Huff's daughter Catherine Huff picked him up for an alleged dentist appointment and never brought him back. She took him to her Alexandria home to live with her and her mother, who is her father's ex-wife.

Catherine said her father thought his ex-wife was his mother, and is very confused in general.

"What I make of it is that he was kidnapped. He was taken under false pretenses," said Franklin Payne, another Middleburg friend of Sam Huff.  

"She wasn't in his life for the past 40 years. The first time I saw her was  in court today," Keys said.

Catherine Huff told WUSA9 that her father's mental state had declined rapidly and she felt he was not being cared for adequately. She was angry Holden let him drive and said he often got lost and called her for help. 

Concerned about his well-being, Catherine Huff told WUSA9 that she "rescued" her father. 

Holden sued for his return and on Friday, Sept. 16. She basically won. 

The two sides agreed to allow Sam Huff to be brought back to his farm and live with Holden.

"Just happy he's coming home to Middleburg. That's where he always was and where he wanted to be. Can't wait to get him home," Holden said. 

"He's coming home within a week and that's good news. We need to have him back in Middleburg. That's where he belongs," Keys said.

"He'll be so happy to be home with all his friends and on the farm. Hopefully it'll be an easy transition for him,” Holden said. “We're going to have excellent care for him that's already been arranged."

Carol Holden told WUSA9 that Sam will have excellent 24/7 care at his farm. And she hoped that she and his daughter can agree on how best to care for the man so many people love and remember.

The two sides worked out a temporary resolution on Sept. 16. If they cannot come to final terms, the case goes to trial in March.


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