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Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Claude Humphrey dies

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Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles former defensive end Claude Humphrey acknowledges the crowd during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade on Cleveland Avenue. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles former defensive end Claude Humphrey acknowledges the crowd during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade on Cleveland Avenue. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL defensive end Claude Humphrey died at the age of 77, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Saturday.

The organization did not reveal a cause of death for Humphrey, who passed away Friday, only that it was informed by a family member.

Humphrey was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2014. He recorded 130 sacks during his 13-year career with the Atlanta Falcons (1968-78) and Philadelphia Eagles (1979-81).

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Claude Humphrey,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a statement. “Known as a hard worker and a reliable teammate, Humphrey was always willing to help the team out wherever needed and knew success was achieved collectively. His humble spirit guided him on and off the field.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Claude’s family during this difficult time. The Hall of Fame will forever guard his legacy. The Hall of Fame flag will be flown at half-staff in Claude’s memory.”

The Falcons selected Humphrey with the third overall pick in the 1968 draft out of Tennessee State. He went on to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors as well as earn six Pro Bowl selections.

“So Sad to hear of the passing of my Teammate and Friend, Claude (Humphrey). Rest in Peace,” fellow Hall of Famer and former Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael wrote on Twitter.

–Field Level Media