From 126 nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Hall’s Selection Committee has now chosen 25 modern-era semifinalists and two candidates from the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. One of those senior nominees, and the lone Philadelphia Eagles representative on this list, is defensive end Claude Humphrey. He is joined on this list by Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy.
Humphrey played for the Eagles from 1979-1981. And his team-high 14.5 sacks helped the 1980 Eagles advance to Super Bowl XV. Humphrey spent the first ten years of his career with the Atlanta Falcons. The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1968 recorded 126.5 sacks in his 14-year career and was elected to six Pro Bowls. Humphrey is now a member of the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor.
According to profootballhof.com, the list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. Although there is no set number of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.
The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced during a one-hour special on NFL Network on Wednesday, Jan. 8 2014 at 10 p.m. ET. The Class of 2014 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration.