Former Eagles' defensive end Claude Humphrey selected as a Seniors Committee Hall of Fame candidate

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

This month, wide receiver Cris Carter became the 22nd former Eagles player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Next year, former Eagles' defensive end Claude Humphrey could be joining him in Canton, Ohio for his own induction.

The Seniors Committee of the Hall of Fame voted Humphrey into the voting as a senior nominee on Tuesday. As a senior nominee, he will be streamlined to the final voting stage. If he gets at least an 80-percent vote, he will be inducted in the Hall of Fame next August.

The 69-year old spent most of his 13-year career with the Atlanta Falcons but spent his final three seasons in Philadelphia. At 6-foot-4 and 252-pounds, Humphrey was scary pass rusher. Selected by the Falcons with the 3rd overall pick in the 1968 NFL Draft, Humphrey won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in his first season. He would go on to have eight All-Pro selections and made six Pro Bowl appearances.

Humphrey signed with the Eagles in the twilight of his career. He appeared a total of 44 games for Philadelphia from 1979-1981 and played in the Eagles first Super Bowl appearance in 1981 against the Oakland Raiders. While he retired before sacks were considered an official statistic by the NFL, he was known for bringing down opposing quarterbacks.

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