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Claude Humphrey, legendary Falcons Hall of Famer, passes away at 77

Claude Humphrey Falcons Eagles

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey passed away Friday night. He was 77 years old.

Humphrey played 13 seasons in the NFL, spending the majority of his time with the Atlanta Falcons from 1968 to 1978. He ended his career with the Eagles, playing for Philadelphia from 1979 to 1981. His individual success as a pass rusher and the success of his teams proved the defensive end worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He received the elite status of Hall of Famer when he was enshrined in 2014.

During his time in the league, Humphrey was a six time Pro Bowler, five time First-team, and three time Second-team All-Pro. He was also the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1968 and an NFC Champion with the Eagles in 1980.

Many organizations and members of the NFL took to social media to honor the legendary pass rusher. President Jim Porter announced that the HOF flag will be flown at half-staff in Humphrey’s memory.

The Atlanta Falcons tweeted about the loss to the organization ahead of Week 13. The team recognized his many accolades, including recipient of the Falcons Ring of Honor in 2008.

The Falcons legend is also recognized outside of the NFL. He is a member of the Tennessee Hall of Fame, Tennessee State University retired his number in 1988. Humphrey is also a member of the Black College Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2012, two years before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.