Gerry Huth dies at 77; played key role for 1960 champion Eagles

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Posted: February 15, 2011

The 2010 football season was a strong last hurrah for Gerald "Gerry'' Huth, a starting guard on the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team. Huth attended the Birds' 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise's most recent title last September, then was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Wake Forest, in November.

Huth, who passed away Friday in Las Vegas at age 77, entered the NFL with the New York Giants' 1956 championship team, when he finished third in balloting for rookie of the year. The next year, he was drafted into the Army and played service ball in Germany before returning with the Eagles in 1959. He left in the '61 expansion draft for the Minnesota Vikings, with whom he finished his career in 1963.

Huth's big moment with the Birds came late in the '60 championship game, when he threw a key block on Ted Dean's 5-yard, game-winning touchdown run.

"He pulled to the left and had a lot to do with Ted Dean getting into the end zone,'' longtime Eagles executive Jim Gallagher recalled last night.

The play was supposed to go off tackle, halfback Billy Barnes getting the carry, but quarterback Norm Van Brocklin changed the call at the line to a sweep for Dean, who scored his first NFL rushing touchdown behind blocks by tight end Bobby Walston and Huth.

Huth clearly enjoyed himself in his visit to Philadelphia for the festivities surrounding the Sept. 12 opener, but he needed assistance getting around.

Huth's brother-in-law, George Harrison, e-mailed the Eagles with the news of Huth's passing, and wrote that "Gerald will be buried in the Eagles jacket that was given to him at halftime of the Green Bay game last fall. Even though he [also] has a championship ring from the Giants, he is going to his final rest an Eagle.''

Huth will be buried next Monday in his hometown of Floyds Knobs, Ind. He is donating brain and spinal-cord tissue to the Boston University study on traumatic brain injuries.

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