CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A legendary football player who went on to make his mark in West Virginia horse racing is receiving an honor.

The West Virginia Breeders Classics announced yesterday that the race would now be renamed to honor Sam Huff.

An announcement on the Classics page said “Sam Huff was the driving force behind the creation of the West Virginia Breeders Classics. He loved his home state and wanted to do anything and all he could to help it receive positive recognition.”

The contest will now be billed as The Sam Huff West Virginia Breeders Classic. Huff was a pro-football hall of famer before making his mark in horse racing in West Virginia. He passed away in November at the age of 87.