CLAUDE HUMPHREY

CLAUDE HUMPHREY

Class of 2014
Defensive End >>> 6-4, 252
(Tennessee State)
1968-1978 Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles

Claude B. Humphrey ... Falcons’ first-round pick (3rd player overall), 1968 draft ... Recorded 11.5 sacks as rookie ... Named Defensive Rookie of the Year ... Earned first-team All-Pro five times ... Selected to six Pro Bowls ... Team-high 14.5 sacks to help 1980 Eagles advance to Super Bowl XV ... Career stats: 122 quarterback sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery for TD, and two safeties ... Born June 29, 1944 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Atlanta Falcons, with the third overall pick in the 1968 AFL/NFL Draft, selected Tennessee State defensive end Claude Humphrey. The 6-4, 252-pound Humphrey was an impact player who immediately justified his first-round status. His outstanding play earned him NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Although it didn’t become an official NFL statistic until after he retired, Humphrey is credited with 122 career sacks. A devastating pass rusher, he led his team in sacks nine of the 13 seasons he played for the Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, including his rookie season when he dumped opposing quarterbacks 11.5 times.

Despite playing on a Falcons team that had only three winning seasons during the 10-year span that he played, Humphrey managed to earn first- or second-team All-NFL or All-Pro honors eight times. He was also named first- or second-team All-NFC seven times and was selected to play in six Pro Bowls.

Durable, Claude missed only two games in his first seven seasons, but in 1975 he suffered what many thought would be a career-ending knee injury that sidelined him for the entire season. A fierce competitor Humphrey battled his way back in 1976 and delivered an impressive season of play. Again he led the Falcons as he posted a career-best 15 sacks. His teammates, impressed by his hard work and outstanding play, voted him the team’s Most Valuable Player.

Humphrey temporarily retired from pro football after four games of the 1978 season. In 1979, the Falcons traded him to the Eagles for two fourth-round draft picks. In Philadelphia the rested defensive end seemed to pick up right where he left off in Atlanta. Although he finished second in team sacks in 1979, his 31 quarterback “hurries,” were a team-best.

In 1980, Humphrey was in full form when he recorded a team-high 14.5 sacks, and his play was instrumental in leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance as the NFC champions.

Additional Humphrey statistics include two interceptions, a fumble recovery for a touchdown, and two safeties.


1968 Atlanta
14
1969 Atlanta
14
1970 Atlanta
12
1971 Atlanta
14
1972 Atlanta
14
1973 Atlanta
14
1974 Atlanta
14
1975
Injured
1976 Atlanta
13
1977 Atlanta
14
1978 Atlanta
4
1979 Philadelphia
16
1980 Philadelphia
16
1981 Philadelphia
12
Career Total
171
 
Additional Career Statistics: Interceptions: 2-11, Fumble Recovery for TD: 1, Safety: 2

Note: The quarterback sack did not become an official NFL statistic until 1982.

Championship Games

1980 NFC Philadelphia Eagles 20, Dallas Cowboys 7
Humphrey played, but did not start in this game.  He recorded one pass defensed


Super Bowls

Super Bowl XV – Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10
Humphrey played, but did not start in this game.  He recorded three tackles and one assist

All-Pro: 1971 (NEA)  •  1972 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)  •  1973 (AP, PFWA, PW)  •  1974 (NEA, PW) •  1977 (NEA)

All-Pro Second Team: 1970 (NEA)  •  1971 (PFWA)  •  1974 (AP, PFWA)  • 1976 (NEA)  • 1977 (AP)

All-NFL Second Team: 1969 (AP, NEA) 

All-NFC: 1970 (AP, PW)  •  1971 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  •  1972  (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  •  1973 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  •  1974 (AP, UPI, SN, PW)  •  1977 (PW)

All-NFC Second Team: 1970 (UPI) • 1976 (UPI)  •  1977 (UPI)

(6) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978


• 1968 Defensive Rookie of the Year (AP)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1968 Atlanta Falcons 2 12 0 (4th)
1969 Atlanta Falcons 6 8 0 (3rd)
1970 Atlanta Falcons 4 8 2 (3rd)
1971 Atlanta Falcons 7 6 1 (3rd)
1972 Atlanta Falcons 7 7 0 (2nd)
1973 Atlanta Falcons 9 5 0 (2nd)
1974 Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 (4th)
1976 Atlanta Falcons 4 10 0 (3rd)
1977 Atlanta Falcons 7 7 0 (2nd)
1978 Atlanta Falcons 9 7 0 (2nd)
1979 Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 (2nd)
1980 Philadelphia Eagles 12 4 0 (1st)
1981 Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 (2nd)

Full Name: Claude B. Humphrey

Birthdate: June 29, 1944

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

High School: Lester (Memphis, TN)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 1, 2014

Other Members of Class of 2014: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams

Pro Career: 13 seasons, 171 games

Drafted: 1st round (3rd overall) in 1968 by Atlanta Falcons

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