Pro Football Hall of Famer Curley Culp sadly passes away at 75-years-old
Pro Football Hall of Famer Curley Culp passed away early Saturday morning. Culp was 75 years old. His wife Collette Bloom Culp shared the sad news on her husband’s Twitter account, stating:
“On behalf of our family and with a broken heart, I announce the passing of my husband, Curley Culp early this morning. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
On November 16, Culp shared with Twitter that he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. He asked his followers to donate to local cancer organizations to find a cure for the disease.
Culp’s legacy in the National Football League will continue to live on. After being drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft, Culp was traded to Kansas City and made a name for himself there.
He was with the Kansas City Chiefs for their Super Bowl IV victory over the Minnesota Vikings in 1970. Culp and Buck Buchanan were leaders in the winning team’s defensive game. He was a six time All-Pro Defensive Lineman during his time in the NFL.
Culp spent most of his time on the Chiefs (1968-1974) and the Houston Oilers (1974-1980), but also played for the Detroit Lions for a short time at the end of his career. Also an Arizona State University Hall of Famer, Culp was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.