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Curley Culp (1946–2021), Hall of Fame defensive lineman

by Kirk Fox

Curley Culp was a Hall of Fame nose tackle who won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Hall of Fame career

Curley Culp was drafted as a defensive lineman out of Arizona State in 1968 by the Denver Broncos. The Broncos wanted him to play offensive guard instead of defense but that did not work out so they traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs. His strong play against the run helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl IV against the Minnesota Vikings. He was traded to the Houston Oilers in 1974 and won NFL defensive player of the year for the team in 1975. He finished his career in 1981 with the Detroit Lions. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Chiefs Hall of Fame.

Notable Quote

“I guess I proved them wrong.” “A little fireplug, that’s me.” (Culp on the Broncos wanting him to play offensive guard instead of defensive lineman) – AP interview in 2013

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