ATLANTA — Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer Claude Humphrey, one of many NFL’s most fearsome go rushers through the Seventies with the Atlanta Falcons, has died on the age of 77.
Humphrey, who additionally performed for the Philadelphia Eagles, died unexpectedly in Atlanta on Friday night time, in line with the Corridor of Fame, which was knowledgeable of his dying by his daughter. No trigger was given.
Humphrey was the No. 3 overall pick by the Falcons out of Tennessee State in 1968 and went on to play 11 years with the workforce, incomes the final of six Professional Bowl appearances as a member of the famed “Grits Blitz” protection in 1977.
He went to the Eagles in 1979 and served as a delegated go rusher on the 1980 workforce that reached the Tremendous Bowl.
Humphrey retired after the 1981 season, earlier than sacks grew to become an official stat, however he was retroactively credited with 130 sacks over 13 seasons (he missed your complete 1975 season recovering from a knee harm).
Humphrey was inducted within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2014.
“The complete Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame household mourns the passing of Claude Humphrey,” Corridor of Fame President Jim Porter mentioned. “Often called a tough employee and a dependable teammate, Humphrey was all the time keen to assist the workforce out wherever wanted and knew success was achieved collectively. His humble spirit guided him on and off the sphere.”
The Corridor of Fame flag exterior the museum in Canton, Ohio, will probably be flown at half-staff in Humphrey’s honor, Porter added.