Nashville, Tenn. - Two former Tennessee State University football players, Richard Dent and Claude Humphrey, were named among the 17 finalists for selection into the 2009 NFL Hall of Fame.
Claude Humphrey, played at TSU from 1964 -67, was a 1968 first round pick (third overall) of the Atlanta Falcons. He played for ten years with the Falcons (1968-78) and finished his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-81). He played in Super Bowl XV (1980) as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Humphrey was named all-pro six times at the end of the 1971, '72, '73, '74, '76, and '77 seasons.
Last year, Humphrey was honored by the Atlanta Falcons when his name was placed on the banner and lifted up to the rafters to join the Falcons’ Ring of Honor inside the Georgia Dome.
Richard Dent played for the Big Blue from 1979 – 82 and was drafted in 1983 by the Chicago Bears. He played 10 seasons in Chicago from 1983-93.He also held stints with the San Francisco 49ers (1994), the Indianapolis Colts (1996) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1997) before retiring.
Dent played in Super Bowls XX (1985) with the Bears and XXIV (1990) with the 49ers. He was named the MVP of Super Bowl XX when the Chicago Bears defeated New England 46-10 for the NFL Championship.
Richard Dent was a mainstay of the Chicago Bears defense and was named to the NFL Pro Bowl team five times at the conclusion of the 1984, '85, '88, '90 and '93 seasons.
This will be the second time each player has been a finalist for the NFL Hall of Fame. Both were on the finalists list in 2006.