NFL Hall of Fame 2013: Curley Culp, former Chiefs great, is in

Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Curley Culp, who was announced as the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2013. The Hall of Fame committee made it official, announcing Culp and the rest of the 2013 class on Saturday night. Former Chiefs great Will Shields did not make the cut.

Former Chiefs great Culp makes it five Chiefs' defenders from the 1970 Super Bowl championship team to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He joins Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell and Emmitt Thomas. Along with Culp, Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp were elected to the 2013 HOF class.


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Culp originally came to the Chiefs in 1968 via trade with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos had selected him in the second round that year as an offensive guard out of Arizona State University before deciding to trade him. Then Chiefs head coach Hank Stram decided to move Culp to the defensive line where he could use his strength and quickness as an undersized defensive lineman. Culp weighed in at a whopping 6'1 265 lbs.

Culp was a Collegiate National Champion wrestler at Arizona State and used those skills to create havoc for an offensive line to deal with, namely the center. The Chiefs were one of the first teams to use the 3/4 defense and Culp was the key to the whole thing lined up head-on the center. He was instrumental in the Chiefs' 23-7 win over the Vikings in the Super Bowl.

Culp played for the Chiefs from 1968-74 before being traded to the Houston Oilers mid-way through the 1974 season. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection for the Oilers from 1975-78 and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1975.

He was a 1969 AFL All-Star and a Pro Bowler for the Chiefs in 1971. He's considered one of the strongest and most dominant nose tackles in NFL history. Culp was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2008 by CEO and Chairman, Clark Hunt.


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