It was pretty exciting when former Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sanders was the first, and only Falcons player to receive such an honor.That may change this year, as former Falcons Morten Andersen and Claude Humphrey are both finalists for Hall of Fame enshrinement in 2014.
Andersen was the Falcons' kicker from 1995-2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. Over that span, he became the leading scorer in franchise history. Andersen also set multiple league records, such as most career points scored with 2,544 and most field goals with 565. Andersen also holds the NFL record for the most games played, with 382. Andersen was named to the NFL All-Decade Team in the 1980s and the 1990s. His long, storied career, and his myriad accomplishments certainly make him a logical modern-era candidate for enshrinement.
Claude Humphrey was drafted third overall by the Falcons in 1968, and was a force on the field. He is Atlanta's all-time sack leader with 94.5 sacks during his time with the Falcons. Humphrey has 122 career sacks all-time. Humphrey has been in the final 15 of senior candidates for the Hall of Fame previously in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and was a senior finalist in 2009. Here's hoping that this is the year for him to receive this richly-deserved honor.
Best of luck to Morten Andersen and Claude Humphrey as the final Hall of Fame enshrinement decisions are made. The final slate of honorees will be announced on February 1.