Culp was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, more than three decades after his playing days ended. Culp, a five-time Pro Bowler, was enshrined as a senior nominee.
"It gives me joy and inspiration that will last the rest of my life," Culp said. "I am just overwhelmed by the struggles, joys and tears of those who made it here. I'm happy to join them in the Hall of Fame."
One-On-One With Chiefs Hall Of Famer Curley Culp from The Mothership
Culp played a total of 13 seasons in the AFL/NFL with Kansas City, Houston and Detroit and was selected to a total of six AFL All-Star Games or Pro Bowls.
"On behalf of the entire Chiefs family, we'd like to congratulate Curley Culp on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said when the 2013 class was first announced.
"Curley was one of many great players that helped lead this franchise to a Super Bowl victory in 1970, and that team, including Curley, helped build the tradition and foundation of the Kansas City Chiefs. Curley was a fierce competitor and a difference maker who commanded a great deal of respect. I know my father would be very proud of Curley and his enshrinement in Canton."
Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid Continues His Fight To Balance Football And Family from KC Star
Take some time, they had said. Friends. Colleagues. Even Tammy, his college sweetheart and wife of more than 30 years, found herself ready to step away, at least temporarily, from the NFL's ceaseless grind.
The past 12 months, after all, had brought little besides heartache. It was just 364 days ago that Reid's oldest son, Garrett, was discovered in his dorm room at Philadelphia Eagles training camp, dead of a heroin overdose. Less than five months later, the wounds of the loss still fresh, Reid was fired as the Eagles' head coach, the job he had held - and mostly excelled in - for 14 years.
He could have done anything else, really. He could have easily found a beach somewhere. He could have made the jump, like so many of his coaching colleagues, to TV. Or he could have been holed up inside his garage, building furniture the way he used to when he was just starting out and the NFL was little more than an abstract dream.
Instead, he's here, on a small college campus in western Missouri, leading another group of young men through another NFL preseason, trying his best to work through the grief. This is his way. Always working. Always moving.
Kansas City Offense Looks Good Again from KC Star
On the third play of full team drills, with the starters participating on both sides of the ball, Alex Smith connected with Dexter McCluster deep down the middle for a touchdown. McCluster got past one cornerback, Brandon Flowers, while the other, Sean Smith, was late providing help and couldn't knock down the pass. Smith came right back on the next play with a short pass to Junior Hemingway, who then ran for big yardage.
Chiefs Practice Gives Fans Reasons To Cheer from The Mothership
The weather couldn't have been nicer; the fans couldn't have been better and the Kansas City Chiefs offense couldn't have been sharper to start Saturday's practice, in front of a packed-house crowd on the campus of Missouri Western State University.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid described the day, during his post-practice presser.
"It was a great turnout today, by the fans," coach Reid said.
"We appreciate that. The players feel that. I thought it was good work; both sides today were trading back and forth."
Dexter McCluster Is Everywhere In Chiefs' Formations from KC Star
Dexter McCluster is lining up in about every conceivable spot under the rules for an eligible receiver. McCluster has been getting the ball often at training camp, sparking hope among the Chiefs that McCluster can live up to his potential.
"One million, five hundred and thirty-six ways that I can get the football,'' McCluster said of his role in the Chiefs' offense. "This offense is wide-open. You get opportunities everywhere. It's a fun offense.''
Chiefs Sign OL Rokevious Watkins, Waive Tepper from The Mothership
Watkins (6-3, 338) played in one contest his rookie season in 2012 with the St. Louis Rams. He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round selection (150th overall) of the Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at South Carolina, where he was an All-SEC selection.
The Chiefs' first preseason game with Andy Reid as their coach begins Friday, when the Chiefs are in New Orleans to play against the Saints. Reid said not to expect much different from the Chiefs in terms of a preseason routine.
The first priority will be to evaluate their many young players. A secondary concern is to get some positive play from the starters.
Secondary A Primary Concern For Chiefs' Bob Sutton from KC Star
But it was a clear signal that the Chiefs are trying to do anything and everything to rebuild a secondary that not only hemorrhaged big plays last year, but came up with few game-changing plays of their own.
No longer will the secondary be subject to mismatches just because a shorter corner like Flowers is stuck on the left side against a taller receiver. Or if Smith is paired against a quicker receiver. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton can pull the ol' switcheroo.
"We want to get comfortable on both sides of the field because we don't know if some games we go into this season and we might match up with certain receivers," Flowers said. "We don't want any side to feel foreign to us."
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Record Crowd At Saturday Chiefs Camp from OzarksFirst
Fans have been filling the edges of the Missouri Western practice fields for the last week and a half to see a 2-14 team train for the 20-13 NFL season.
Saturday a record 6,000 people packed the bleachers, grassy knolls and VIP tents to watch a new-look Kansas City Chiefs team get ready for Friday's game at New Orleans.
Relaxed Reid Making Mark On Kansas City Chiefs from The Associated Press via The Boston Herald
Reid may be unwilling to wax poetic about fresh starts and clean slates and all those other clichés, preferring instead to speak in platitudes about his new job in Kansas City. But those who surround him see a profound change in their longtime friend.
"I see Andy, the coach I used to know," said John Dorsey, who has known Reid for nearly two decades, since they were young up-and-comers with the Green Bay Packers.
Chiefs Poised To Surprise In 2013 from ESPN
Some experts touted the Chiefs as a potential playoff team a year ago, but they ended up 2-14 and picking first in the draft. Seeing Reid install a blue-collar work ethic on a team more talented than two wins means the Chiefs could be one of the league's top candidates to surprise in 2013.
Here are the five things I learned at Chiefs camp.
Local College Rivals Fighting For Fullback Job With Chiefs from The Topeka Capital-Journal
Wilson's history at Kansas State - and, before that, at Smith Center - made him a popular draft pick for many Chiefs fans. But Wilson realizes his hometown status won't count for much when the Chiefs are making roster decisions, which is why he was eager to return to the practice field as soon as possible.
"It's been a tough situation, just watching everybody else go," said Wilson, who was back on the field Thursday after missing four days. "In the NFL, the whole time you're sitting on the sideline you're thinking about how quickly you can be forgotten."
Chiefs Put On Practice Show In Fron Of Record Crowd from The St. Joseph News-Press
"You always want to give the fans a show," Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster said. "I think everybody on both sides - offense, defense and special teams - came out and worked hard today."
The Chiefs created excitement in what's becoming a hallmark of Andy Reid's first camp with Kansas City.
There were three separate 11-on-11 drill periods - two featuring live tackling, which was never seen in previous camps at Western under departed coaches Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel. The players sense the difference, too, and with steady crowds in the first week-plus of camp despite early practice times and occasional rain, the excitement for the season continues to build.
More Than 6,000 Turn Out For Chiefs' Family Fun Day from The St. Joseph News-Press
This is the fourth Family Fun Day that Missouri Western State University has hosted, setting the record for a training camp practice not held in Spratt Stadium.
Brett Esely, Western's associate director of athletics for external relations, said he thinks the record turnout was due to the favorable weather and early morning practices. But for the Chiefs, Family Fun Day was held long before the team moved its training camp to town.