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Claude Humphrey

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Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-06-29) June 29, 1944 (age 76)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
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Career information
High school: Memphis (TN) Lester
College: Tennessee State
NFL draft: 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Sacks: 126.5
Games: 171
Safeties: 2
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Claude B. Humphrey (born June 29, 1944 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Professional career

Humphrey was drafted out of Tennessee State University in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft with the third overall choice by the Falcons. Humphrey was an All-American in 1967.

Humphrey's stellar career included being named First-team All-Pro five times (1971-'74, and 1977), Second- Team All-Pro three times (1969, 1970, 1976), and All-NFC six times (1970-'74, 1977). He was Second-Team All-NFC in 1976 when Humphrey unofficially recorded a career high 15 quarterback sacks. In addition Humphrey was named to the Pro Bowl six times over the span of his career (1970-'74 & 1977).

Humphrey finished out his career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1979-'81. In 1980 Humphrey enjoyed a stellar season as a designated pass rusher, recording a team high 14½ sacks helping the Eagles become NFC Champions and earn a ticket to Super Bowl XV. He finished his career with 126½ career sacks with the Falcons and Eagles.

During the Super Bowl XV highlight film, Humphrey was witnessed throwing a penalty flag at referee Ben Dreith after Dreith flagged Humphrey for roughing Oakland Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett.

Humphrey is a member of the Georgia Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Hall of Fame. His college (Tennessee State University) retired his number and inducted him into their Hall of Fame. His high school has also retired his jersey and he is a member of his high school Hall of Fame, and is a member of the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor.

Humphrey is a member of Phi Beta Sigma.

Outside Football

Claude Humphrey also had a guest appearance on The Dukes of Hazzard episode "Repo Men" in which he portrayed Big John, a counterfeiter.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Humphrey was a final 15 candidate in 2003, 2005, and 2006. On August 27, 2008, he was named as one of two senior candidates for the 2009 Hall of Fame election.[1] In August 2013, he was named as one of two senior candidates for the 2014 Hall of Fame election.

In February 2014, Claude Humphrey was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame on the senior ballot. During his time in football, Mr. Humphrey was a revolutionary pass rushing defensive lineman who paved the way for Reggie White, Bruce Smith, and fellow 2014 NFL HOF inductee Michael Strahan.[citation needed]


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