Humphrey died on Friday, the Professional Football Hall of Fame announced on Saturday.
“The entire Professional Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Claude Humphrey,” Professional Football Hall of Fame President Jim Porter said in a statement. “His humble spirit guided him on and off the pitch. Our thoughts and prayers are with Claude’s family during this difficult time. The Hall of Fame will keep its legacy forever. The Hall of Fame flag will be hoisted at half mast in memory of Claude. “
Humphrey was selected third overall in the 1968 AFL-NFL Draft by the Tennessee State Atlanta Falcons and was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year that season.
Humphrey played a total of 13 seasons in the league, including 10 with Atlanta and three with the Philadelphia Eagles before retiring in 1981. While in Atlanta, Humphrey won eight All-NFL or All- honors. Pro. He has been named All-NFC seven times and has appeared in six Pro Bowls.
Humphrey was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame as a Class of 2014 and was credited with 130 sacks, placing him 24th on the NFL’s career leaders list, according to the Hall of Fame.
“We are saddened by the passing of Claude Humphrey and send our prayers for his family and friends at this difficult time,” said Arthur M. Blank, owner and president of the Atlanta Falcons.
“Claude has made an indelible impression on so many people from Memphis to the Falcons and across the NFL with his leadership and tenacious approach on the court. His Falcons legacy was cemented as a memory forever with his induction into our Ring of Honor and he will be sorely missed. . May he rest in peace. “