NFL Hall of Famer, defensive tackle legend Curley Culp dies aged 75
- Curley Culp played for Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers
- He won the Super Bowl and made it to Pro Bowl
- He was drafted by Denver Broncos out of Arizona State University
Curley Culp, the NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers has died, a statement from his family on Saturday confirmed.
“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. Collette Bloom Culp This account is now closed,” Culp's wife Collette Bloom wrote on his Twitter account.
Earlier this month, Culp revealed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Curley wrote on Twitter, “To my followers, family and friends I have stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Do donate to your local cancer organizations so this dreaded disease is eradicated. Love life, family and friends. pray to God for all physical and spiritual healing. Love, Curley Culp HOF#13.”
Culp was drafted by the Denver Broncos out of the Arizona State University in 1968’s NFL draft. He was traded to Kansas City Chiefs before the beginning of his rookie season.
His long list of achievements includes winning the Super Bowl championship and making it to the Pro Bowl in two of his first six seasons with the Chiefs.
Culp began his journey with the Houston Oilers in 1974 where he played under the guidance of legendary coach Bum Phillips. He made it to the All-Pro team in his very first year with the new team and was elected to the Pro Bowl for four consecutive years.
In a statement released on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website, President Jim Porter said, "The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Curley Culp. He was a wonderful man of great integrity who respected the game of football and how it applied to everyday life,"