The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced on Saturday that former Chiefs DT Curley Culp will be enshrined as part of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
“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. “Curley was a dominating force on the defensive line for the Super Bowl IV championship team and one of many great players that helped build the tradition and foundation of the Kansas City Chiefs,” Hunt continued. “We look forward to seeing him take his rightful place in Canton.”
Culp becomes the 10th longtime member of the Kansas City Chiefs to be elected. He joins 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.
An anchor of the Chiefs defensive line for six-plus seasons, Culp was heralded as one of the quickest defensive linemen in the league during his era. He played in 179 games in 14 seasons of professional football and spent seven seasons in a Chiefs uniform (1968-74). Culp started at defensive tackle on Kansas City’s Super Bowl IV squad, helping the club secure a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Culp is the seventh player from that Super Bowl winning squad to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A member of the Chiefs 25-Year All-Time Team, Culp played in the AFL All-Star Game following the 1969 campaign and the Pro Bowl after the 1971 campaign. He was named AP Defensive Player of the Week for outstanding games in both 1969 and 1973. Culp claimed the unofficial sack crown for the Chiefs with 9.0 QB takedowns in 1973 and owned five fumble recoveries while in a Kansas City uniform.
He appeared in 82 games for the Chiefs after joining the club in a trade with Denver. Culp originally entered pro football as a second-round pick of the Broncos in the 1968 AFL Draft, but was traded to Kansas City before the season. After six-plus seasons with the Chiefs, Culp was traded to Houston in 1974 and played eight more seasons with Houston (1974-80) and Detroit (1980-81), earning four Pro Bowl berths during his tenure with the Oilers.
Culp earned All-America honors from The Sporting News and Time as a collegiate player at Arizona State. He was the NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion in 1967 and was named to the 1968 U.S. Olympic wrestling team. The Yuma, Ariz., native, was born on March 10, 1946.
The 2013 Hall of Fame Class will be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3.