Michael Huff has a lot of respect from Raider Nation. He might not ever live up to his draft status but he’s been nothing but a pro since the first time he put on a Silver and Black jersey.
2012 will go down as the year Huff officially cemented himself as a fan favorite for his transition from safety to corner when the Raiders saw their starting corners disappear due to injury.
To Huff’s credit he grinded his way through the season, improving each week in helping Jason Tarver’s defense to look like a respectable unit come the end of the campaign. Huff was selected by the Raiders as the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and has now been honored for his play on the field.
Though it doesn’t carry the weight of say an All-Pro nod USA Today’s All-Joe Team does carry a certain prestige as it honors the overlooked and hardworking players of the NFL. Here is what USA Today had to say of Huff.
Michael Huff (Raiders): Was he great in coverage? No. But he gets a tip of the cap for his team-first attitude, shifting from safety to corner (a position he hadn’t played since college) after Oakland was ravaged by injuries.