Curley Culp, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman who won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs and numerous awards with the Oilers, died on Saturday, his family announced. He was 75.
Curley played 14 professional seasons for Kansas City, Houston and the Detroit Lions, reached six Pro Bowls, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year Bowl-winning team for the Oilers in 1975 by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.
A native of Yuma, Arizona, Culp went to the state of Arizona to compete in football and wrestling and stood out in both. He played both offensive and defensive lines for ASU and won an individual NCAA heavyweight wrestling championship in 1967. The Sun Devils wrestling team tweeted a photo from Culp on Saturday with the message “Rest in Heaven, Curley”.
The Denver Broncos drafted Culp in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft, but traded him for Kansas City for a fourth round pick. From 1969 to 1973 he started 68 out of 70 possible regular season games for Kansas City.
Culp was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and is a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
Culp tweeted on November 16 that he had stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
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