Former Chiefs DT Curley Culp Is Canton Bound from The Mothership
Curley becomes the 10th longtime member of the Kansas City Chiefs to be elected, joining Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Len Dawson, Lamar Hunt, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud, Hank Stram, Derrick Thomas, and Emmitt Thomas, who all earned the NFL's highest honor. Culp was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2008.
During his era, Culp was touted as one of the quickest defensive linemen in the league, anchoring the Chiefs defensive line for six-plus seasons. He played in 179 games during 14 seasons of professional football, dressed in the red, gold and white uniform between 1968-74.
Chiefs' Culp Elected To Pro Football Hall Of Fame from KC Star
Defensive tackle Curley Culp, a cornerstone of the Chiefs defense in their upset of heavily favored Minnesota in Super Bowl IV, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Culp was voted into the Class of 2013 with former Baltimore offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden; Dallas guard Larry Allen, Minnesota wide receiver Cris Carter, Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp, coach Bill Parcells and Green Bay linebacker Dave Robinson, like Culp a nominee by the Seniors Committee. They will be inducted on Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio.
Former Chiefs guard Will Shields, one of 15 modern-era finalists for the second straight year, was eliminated in the reduction to 10 candidates, largely because of the presence of Ogden and Allen on the ballot for the first time.
No AFC West Hall OF Fame Shockers from ESPN
There weren't any AFC West surprises Saturday when the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced.
Curley Culp and Warne Sapp were the favorites of the four finalists with AFC West ties, and they ended up in the Hall of Fame class. Former Oakland receiver Tim Brown and former Kansas City guard Will Shields -- the two high-profile players with AFC West ties of this year's finalists -- did not get into the final 10. They were both considered longshots this year.
JFK 50 Snapshot: AFL's Dallas Texans Were Kansas City Bound The Week Of Feb. 3-9, 1963 from The Dallas Morning News
Dallas: Lamar Hunt announces he is moving his American Football League Texans out of town. Despite wining the 1962 AFL championship, the Texans were losing at the box office to the National Football League Cowboys. Rumors about the Texans' new home focused on Kansas City, where Hunt was meeting with Mayor H. Roe "The Chief" Bartle.
Gary Has Short Memory Regarding Its Many Legends from NWI.com
Hank Stram didn't deserve the slap in the face he got from his hometown of Gary, which still hasn't honored the Hall of Fame football coach since his 2003 induction.
Not a billboard greeting visitors at the city limits.
Not a congratulatory sign strung across Broadway.
Not a park named in his honor, not even a park bench.
It's as if Henry Louis "Hank" Stram never existed.
New England Patriots: Defensive Free Agent Possibilities from NEPatriotsDraft.com
Dorsey was frequently projected to New England in the days leading up to the 2008 NFL Draft; instead, he ended up on the Kansas City Chiefs, where he has been contributing recently as a five-technique defensive end in former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's defense. He sat out most of the 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve in early November, but was a very effective run defender in both 2010 and 2011; he could offer the Patriots some schematic versatility by allowing Bill Belichick to implement more two-gap 3-4 looks on defense.
Jones, now 34, was a standout at the University of Virginia, and he went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL and earn a coveted spot in the league's elite 10,000 Rushing Yards Club.
Despite his love for the gridiron, the coal miner's son knows there's a dark side to the sport.
"In the NFL, yeah, we're making a lot of money. But the reality is, you're taking a chance on your life as well," he said. "People love to see someone get knocked out. But no one's there when they have a concussion."
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