Claude B. Humphrey (June 29, 1944-) was one of the great defensive ends in NFL history and paved the way for fellow Hall of Famers Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Howie Long, LeeRoy Selmon, Reggie White, Bruce Smith and Jack Youngblood as well as fellow 2014 inductee Michael Strahan. Humphrey grew up in Tennessee, where he attended Tennessee State University. The Atlanta Falcons drafted the 1967 All-American with the third overall pick in the 1968 AFL/NFL Draft. Claude quickly became one of the top pass rushers in the NFL and registered an unofficial 11.5 sacks in his rookie season. (Sacks were not a registered statistic until 1982.) Combining his 11.5 sacks with three fumble recoveries as well as his devastating pass rushing ability, Claude Humphrey was named the 1968 NFL AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. Humphrey was among the team leaders each year in sacks and tackles and earned NFL All-Pro First Team honors five times and Second Team three more times. He was a six ime NFL Pro Bowl selection. Claude played 13 years in the NFL with the Falcons (1968-1978) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-1981). He helped the Eagles reach their first Super Bowl in franchise history in 1980 before falling to the Oakland Raiders 27-10. Claude is often remembered for thowing a penalty flag at a referee during Super Bowl XV after being penalized for roughing the quarterback, Oakland’s Jim Plunkett. Claude played 171 games registering 11 fumble recoveries, two safeties and one touchdown. Unofficially, he also posted 126-1/2 sacks in his career. Claude humprhey was inducted into the Georgia and Tennessee Halls of Fame and in 2014 was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.