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Curley Culp

Curley Culp

DT

1968-1974

Born: March 10, 1946 (Yuma, AZ)

College: Arizona State

Drafted: By Broncos, 1968 / 2nd Rd (31st overall)

Career Highlights:

  • AFL All Star game, 1969
  • All-Pro, 1971
  • AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, 1971

Traded to the Chiefs in 1968 by the Denver Broncos, Culp thrived as a defensive tackle in his seven years in Kansas City, earning a spot in the AFL All-Star game in 1969 and the Pro Bowl in 1971. With a lightning-quick first step and a strong, dexterous upper-body – he was the 1968 NCAA heavyweight-wrestling champion – Culp was a confounding opponent for centers and guards. “I have picked up things from year to year that make my job easier,” said Culp. “I have worked on weaknesses. Work on them enough and they become strong points.” Culp and linemate Buck Buchanan took turns playing over the nose of Vikings’ All-NFL center Mick Tingelhoff in Super Bowl IV, and the crucial mismatch helped neutralize the Vikings’ running game as Kansas City stormed to the world championship. In 1974, after being traded by the Chiefs to the Oilers, Culp continued his All-Pro caliber play, going to four straight Pro Bowls as the nose tackle in Bum Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

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