Humphrey David Boone, Jr. (October 30, 1951 – March 26, 2005) was an All-Star Canadian Football League defensive lineman, winner of 5 Grey Cups.
Boone graduated from Eastern Michigan University and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. He played 5 games in 1974, the year the team went to Super Bowl VIII.
Years in CFL
He moved on to Canada, playing with the BC Lions in 1975 (6 games) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1976.
He began an All-Star career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1977, becoming a vital part of their famed "Alberta Crude" defence. He was a CFL all-star in 1981, a three-time West Division all-star (1977, 1979, 1981) and won 5 Grey Cup rings.
He finished his career playing 15 games for the Toronto Argonauts in 1984.
Boone was a very private person, and it had been reported that he was living with chronic pain for some time.
His body was discovered outside of his house in the resort community of Point Roberts, Washington. On November 19, 2008, the CBC Television show The Fifth Estate suggested that Boone, who killed himself after many years of depression, suffered from the effects of years of unreported head injuries from playing professional football. Teammates York Hentschel and Bill Stevenson are believed to have suffered from the same injuries.