Posted: 11:29 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014

Claude Humphrey received his gold jacket 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey after his daughter put on his gold jacket for the first time on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey after his daughter put on his gold jacket for the first time on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

CANTON, Ohio — Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey was emotional after receiving his gold jacket at the Canton Civic Center on Friday night.

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey waving to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Former Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey waving to the crowd after receiving his gold jacket on Friday at the Canton Civic Center. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

“I love it,” Humphrey said when asked how his jacket felt.  “I’m glad it took so long. I get to enjoy it a little bit more.”

Humphrey, 70, who had a 22 year wait to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was concerned how he would hold up under all of the activities.

“I’m great,” Humphrey said. “I’m feeling great.”

The enshrinement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on NFL Network and ESPN2.

Humphrey said his speech for the enshrinement is ready.

Humphrey will be the first Falcons player who played most of his career with the franchise to be enshrined. He’s set to be the second player to speak during the ceremony.

Humphrey will be presented by his daughter, Cheyenne Humphrey-Robinson, who becomes just the third daughter of a player to serve as a presenter. Claudia Humphrey, his other daughter, has helped as the organizer for the family.

 

 

7 comments
oldbirddawg
oldbirddawg

If he and Tommy Nobis had played for the Cowboys or Steelers they would have been in long ago.

oldbirddawg
oldbirddawg

Long overdue. I loved watching Humphrey and Zook back in the early 70's.

JSSN
JSSN

We're all so happy for Big #87, wish your wife could have been there for the moment. But the spirit of the universe needed her to give you strength for the wait! Congratulations and give one heck of a speech! Tennessee State's own Claude Humphrey, 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame!

tmc
tmc

Congrats Claude, you deserve it!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@oldbirddawg Nobis should already be in THOF. He was great on and off the field.