Falcons' greatest moment, No. 9: ‘Claude gets call’

Claude Humphrey wore the number 87 because it was the same number worn by Willie Davis of the Green Bay Packers. Davis is one of Humphrey's idols. (AJC File)

Arthur Blank on Humphrey’s legacy: “Throughout his 10-year career in Atlanta, Claude Humphrey was considered one of the most dominant pass rushers of his time and holds the club’s all-time sacks record with 94.5. Claude was what many offensive coaches called a ‘game-wrecker’ based on his ability to disrupt enemy offenses. He was voted to the Pro Bowl six times during his NFL career and his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame – in my opinion – is long overdue.’’

Claude Humphrey's Hall of Fame bust.

"I just left, " Humphrey said. "I was following my mind."

He gave a shoutout to his roommate, Kenny Reaves --- "He taught me what it was like to be a pro football player" --- and to his buddy, tight end Jim Mitchell. He also talked about his battles in practice with offensive tackle George Kunz.

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