Humphrey had a nose for the QB

Humphrey had a nose for the QB

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Although the sack was not an official NFL statistic until after he retired, Claude Humphrey was one of the most feared pass rushers of his era. During his 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, he led his team in sacks nine times and was credited with 122 career sacks.

The 6-4, 252-pound Humphrey, who was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the 1968 draft, had an immediate impact on the field when he dumped the opposing quarterback 11.5 times to earn Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors. He would go on to register 10 or more sacks five more times with the Falcons. When he was traded to the Eagles before the 1979 season, Humphrey had 94.4 career sacks, a mark that stills stands in Atlanta’s record book today.

Humphrey continued to terrorize quarterbacks while with the Eagles. In 1979 he had another 10-sack season and led the team with 31 quarterback “hurries.” In 1980, his team-high 14.5 sacks were a vital part of the Eagles run to Super Bowl XV.

Here is an “unofficial” year-by-year breakdown of Claude Humphrey’s sacks.

Year Team G No.
1968 Atlanta 14 11.5
1969 Atlanta 14 9.5
1970 Atlanta 12 9.0
1971 Atlanta 14 12.0
1972 Atlanta 14 5.0
1973 Atlanta 14 10.0
1974 Atlanta 14 12.5
1976 Atlanta 13 15.0
1977 Atlanta 14 10.0
1978 Atlanta 4 0.0
1979 Philadelphia 16 10.0
1980 Philadelphia 16 14.5
1981 Philadelphia 13 3.0
Career Total   171 122.0
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