CLAUDE HUMPHREY, WHO HELPED EAGLES TO SUPER BOWL, PASSES

By Sam Bush

Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey, one of the NFL’s most fearsome pass rushers who helped take the Eagles to their Super Bowl in 1981, has died at the age of 77.

Humphrey died Friday night in his hometown of Memphis, according to the Hall of Fame, which was informed of his death by his daughter. No cause 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 team, earning the last of six Pro Bowl appearances as a member of the famed “Grits Blitz” defense in 1977.

He moved to the Eagles in 1979 and served as a designated pass rusher on the 1980 team that reached the Super Bowl.

Humphrey retired after the 1981 season, before sacks became an official stat, but he was credited with 130 sacks over 13 seasons (he missed the entire 1975 season recovering from a knee injury).

Humphrey was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

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