Humphrey Named a Finalist for Pro Football HOF

Humphrey Named a Finalist for Pro Football HOF

Jay Adams

Published August 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Former Falcons defensive end and current Ring of Honor member Claude Humphrey was named a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday by the Seniors Committee. Along with punter Ray Guy, who was also named a finalists, Humphrey would be part of the 2014 class if selected.

Humphrey and Guy will join 15 yet-to-be-named modern-era candidates on the list of finalists from which the Class of 2014 will be selected. The Hall of Fame selection meeting will be held on Feb. 1, 2014, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII in New York.

Humphrey, who was nominated as a senior candidate in 2009, was selected as the third player overall in the 1968 draft by the Falcons and was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Although the sack did not become an official statistic until 1982, Humphrey is unofficially credited as having 122 career sacks during his career with the Falcons (1968-1978) and Philadelphia Eagles (1979-1981).

Humphrey, a five-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl pick, battled back from a potential career-ending knee injury that forced him to miss the entire 1975 season. He responded by recording a career-high 15 sacks in 1976. He capped his career with three final seasons in Philadelphia. In 1980, he led the Eagles with a club-high 14.5 sacks as the Eagles won the NFC championship to earn a berth in Super Bowl XV.

Humphrey and Guy must receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall’s Selection Committee can elect a maximum of two senior candidates and five modern-era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger than seven.

The Seniors Committee is comprised of nine members of the overall selection committee. Through mail vote, the 2014 senior nominees were reduced to a final list of candidates. On Wednesday, five members of the Seniors Committee met at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to discuss each of the senior finalists. A senior nominee is an individual whose career ended at least 25 years ago.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio next August.

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