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Claude Humphrey (1944–2021), Hall of Fame defensive end

by Kirk Fox

Claude Humphrey was a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end who played with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Atlanta Falcons star

Claude Humphrey was one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers during his career as a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. He was the third overall draft pick in 1968 by the Falcons after a standout college career at Tennessee State. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection while with the Falcons and finished his playing days with the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback sacks were not an official statistic when he played but he has been retroactively credited with 130 sacks. Humphrey was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Notable Quote

“Before they started keeping records of sacks, man, I was getting sacks left and right.’ “The thing about me, I didn’t care so much about getting the sack. A sack was just a tackle back then. Tackling the quarterback or tackling the ball carrier on a running play was all the same.” – according to ESPN

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Full Obituary: ESPN

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