Claude Humphrey: Hall of Fame centre dies at the age of 77

View of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which includes Humphrey’s jersey number

Pro Football Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey has died at the age of 77, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has confirmed.

The Montana-born centre, who played for the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys, is remembered for making 12 NFL all-pro teams.

He also won an NFL title in 1961 and had five All-Pro first-team selections.

“He was the driving force behind the success of the San Francisco 49ers during his five seasons in San Francisco,” said Hall of Fame CEO David Baker.

Humphrey played for six NFL teams in his career, lasting until 1976, finishing with 103 career receptions for 1,788 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He also had 36 career offensive linemen named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And he wore No 16 during his career, the same number as the Broncos’ sack master Von Miller, who wears the 13 now.

Miller described Humphrey as an inspiration to all lineman.

“One of the most powerful offensive linemen in history is no more,” Miller wrote on Instagram. “You will be missed, Mr. Humphrey.”

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