Claude Humphrey to Receive Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey will receive his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence, created by Kay® Jewelers during Kickoff Weekend.

He will receive his Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence from Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker during halftime of the Falcons regular season opener against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Humphrey was enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 2 along with Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams.

The Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence is one of three iconic symbols that represent the elite status of being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Humphrey, who was accompanied during festivities in Canton by his presenter and daughter Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, received his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket on the eve of his enshrinement in Canton, and unveiled his Bronzed Bust during the Enshrinement Ceremony. All three symbols will be displayed during the ring presentation to Humphrey on Sunday afternoon. He will wear his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket and his Bronzed Bust will be temporarily removed from the Hall of Fame and shipped to Atlanta for the Ring of Excellence ceremony.

"We are thrilled to be the Official Jewelry Store of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and honored to provide Claude with his Ring of Excellence," said Ed Hrabak, President, Kay® Jewelers. "Claude’s Ring of Excellence reflects the incredible achievement of enshrinement while also celebrating his unique career. The ring features intricate detail and state-of-the-art craftsmanship, from the “stadium effect” created by the outer diamonds to completely customized sides featuring his name, years in the league, position and even an engraving of his Hall of Fame bust."

Atlanta selected Humphrey as the third overall pick of the 1968 draft. He quickly became one of pro football’s most devastating pass rushers during a 13-season career that wrapped up after three final seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-1981). Although the sack did not become an official statistic until after he retired, the five-time All-Pro was credited with 122 career sacks.

Humphrey became the second longtime member of the Falcons franchise to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Cornerback/returner Deion Sanders (Class of 2011) starred for Atlanta for five seasons of his Hall of Fame career.

Humphrey took time during his enshrinement speech in August to recognize the many people who impacted his life and career. One such person was former Falcons coach Marion Campbell.

“So he had coached the ‘Fearsome Foursome.’ He had coached David (Deacon) Jones and Merlin Olsen. And he remembered a lot of their techniques,” Humphrey shared. “So he began to teach them to me. It wasn't hard because he was a good teacher. I caught on very quickly. That's why I ended up making All-Pro the next year and going to the Pro Bowl because of Coach Marion Campbell. Coach Campbell is sick now. He's having some health problems, and Coach, if you're listening, hey, I love you, man. Hey, you were very much a part of my life. You helped me get things turned around, and I appreciate it.”

Class of 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence Presentations
Walter Jones – (Kickoff Weekend) Green Bay at Seattle, Thursday, Sept. 4
Derrick Brooks – (Week 2) St. Louis at Tampa Bay, Sunday, Sept. 14
Andre Reed – (Week 3) San Diego at Buffalo, Sunday, Sept. 21
Michael Strahan – (Week 9) – Indianapolis at New York Giants, Monday, Nov. 3
Aeneas Williams – (Week 11) – Detroit at Arizona, Sunday, Nov. 16
Ray Guy – (Week 12) – Kansas City at Oakland, Thursday, Nov. 20

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