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Bruce Huther

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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-07-23) July 23, 1954 (age 61)
Place of birth: Paterson, New Jersey
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Career information
High school: Haledon (NJ) Manchester
College: New Hampshire
Undrafted: 1977
Career history
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Bruce Albert Huther (born July 23, 1954) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, the Cleveland Browns, and the Chicago Bears. He played college football at the University of New Hampshire.

Early years

Huther played high school football at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, New Jersey.[1] He moved on to the University of New Hampshire, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker and led the team in tackles in his last two seasons.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys (first stint)

Huther was not selected in the 1977 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys. As rookie he played mainly on special teams and was a part of the Super Bowl XII winning team.

In his second season he was named the special teams captain. The next year he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange of a sixth round draft choice.

Cleveland Browns

Huther played often but after the team signed Tom Cousineau in the offseason, he demanded to be traded and was sent to the Chicago Bears in exchange of a seventh round draft choice on August 13, 1982.[2]

Chicago Bears

During his time with the Chicago Bears he was a backup and was not re-signed after his contract expired.

Dallas Cowboys (second stint)

Huther signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys to replace Scott McLean, who was out for the season. He started five games in place of an injured Bob Breunig.[3]

Pittsburgh Maulers (USFL)

Although his rights belonged to the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League, the Pittsburgh Maulers traded for him and also convinced him not to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys.[4][5] After leading the team in tackles, he was benched the next year in favor of rookie Ernest Adams, which made Huther to eventually force his release.[6]

Denver Gold (USFL)

On May 30, 1984, he signed as a free agent with the Denver Gold where he played until the league folded.[7]

Personal life

Huther graduated from New Hampshire with a degree in zoology, and later earned a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1992, he founded Huther & Associates, an environmental consultancy, in Denton, Texas. Enjoys stomping about furiously and using jazz hands. Refers to himself as 'Bruce the Shark'. Also, he has an extreme phobia of new technology. A connoissuer of fine wines, Huther enjoys a nice bottle of Moogen David or MD 20/20.[8]