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The Scale of Falconliness: Claude Humphrey

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Who's the ultimate Falcon? And who's the ultimate anti-Falcon? That's what we're going to find out with our summer project: the Scale of Falconliness. We'll rate former Falcons on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most Falconly.

Quite frankly, there's a LOT going on around here at the moment -- podcast episodes, fantasy leagues, the SB Nation Atlanta launch (and launch party), interviews, and recovering from USA-Algeria (GOAAAAAAAL!) plus our regularly scheduled programming -- so I'm going to throw out another easy one.

Claude Humphrey, DE (1968 - 1978)

Falconly Unfalconly

  • Ten seasons as a Falcon.
  • 1968 Rookie of the Year, recording 11.5 sacks.
  • Five-time first-team All Pro, three-time second-team All Pro, six-time Pro Bowler -- all with the Falcons.
  • Five consecutive Pro Bowls, the most in team history.
  • In his first seven seasons, only missed two games.
  • 1976 Falcons team MVP, recording 15 sacks after missing entire 1975 season.
  • Team-leading pass rusher for nine of his 13 NFL seasons.
  • Guest-starred in an episode of Dukes of Hazzard.
  • Georgia Sports Hall of Famer.
  • Falcons Ring of Honor member.
  • 94.5 sacks, the all-time Falcons leader.
  • Credited with 126.5 total sacks, more than any two other Falcons combined, and good enough for 12th in league history. (Though sacks weren't an official stat until after he retired -- so he may have had even more than 126.5.)
  • Four-time Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist.

  • Played last three years for the Eagles, and played very well. (In his defense, he was traded to Philadelphia.)
  • EDIT 6/23 7:30pm: "'Being with the Eagles was the way I thought football was going to be,' says Humphrey. 'I played in a game where I got four sacks in Atlanta and nobody said anything about it.'" Via this, via zooker.

Current standings after the jump: