Sam Huxtable-Football Player, Athlete
‘Hux is the best football player playing in Britain’ was the answer given by Gethyn Chadwick, a key Swansea Titans player, when asked about Sam Huxtable.
Sam Huxtable is one of the most renown names in British American Football. Hux, 22, is a dual threat quarterback that can force a defense to change their game plan entirely in order to stop him and his dangerous Swansea Titans offense. He shares similar attributes and a similar playing style to Louisville quarterback, Lamar Jackson.
Huxtable started his American Football career at the age of sixteen when he joined the Colchester Gladiators youth team. A colleague of Huxtable’s father, Tim Rowe, suggested that he should give American Football a try and with Sam being the adventurous person that he is, he leapt at the idea.
In his first session as a Gladiator, Huxtable was put at wide receiver and was simply told ‘Go, run as fast as you can and catch the ball’. From that point on, Hux never looked back. He fell in love with the fast and aggressive nature of American Football and it was the start of a highly successful football career.
Hux describes Rowe as being one of the key influences in his early football career but there is another interesting individual that he mentions when referring to his rise. During his time at the Gladiators, one of the coaches set him up with what would turn out to be one of the meetings of a lifetime. Huxtable travelled to London to meet with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Joe Montana. Hux says that meeting a star like Montana at such a young age really opened up his mind about the opportunities that the sport could bring.
Despite the many superb coaching influences in his life, Hux doesn’t attribute his success to coaches alone. “I do have to say that my parents as well influenced me…their will to make me and my sister happy just made me want to carry on”.
Interestingly, Huxtable’s American Football career isn’t just exclusive to Britain. During his gap year, Hux spent his gap year playing for Canada Prep Academy in St. Catharines, Ontario. Huxtable played in various positions for the team, including wide receiver, and became a special teams playmaker.
It isn’t just Huxtable’s past that makes his such an interesting character, his future is just as exciting. When asked about his hopes for this season with the Titans, Hux replied, “…I don’t know what to expect, my hopes are that we don’t lose another game… I can’t really predict anything at this point but we’ll work hard for it, the team always does’. Hux’s answer personified his humble nature but there was certainly an air of confidence in his hopes for the Titans hopes at a championship this year.
It will come as no shock to learn that Huxtable’s American football aspirations are not just limited to the Swansea Titans. His long-term goal in the sport is to play in the Canadian Football League and describes his time in Canada as being a large reason for this. Hux’s admiration for the Canadian people and culture only fuelled his desire to play in the CFL.
With the way Huxtable is playing at the moment, the CFL is certainly not unreachable in his future. His excellent playing ability coupled with his great attitude certainly makes him one of the players to watch in the future. Listen to the full interview below.