Ironically on a day when the current Kansas City Chiefs offense looked as good as it has all training camp in St. Joe, Mo., a man who could single-handedly disrupt it back in the day,former legendary Chiefs defensive tackle, Curley Culp, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame In Canton, Ohio.
Culp, a standout tackle on the Chiefs Super Bowl championship team, joined fellow enshrinees, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp, Cowboys guard/tackle Larry Allen, Vikings receiver Cris Carter, Packers linebacker Dave Robinson, and head coach Bill Parcells in the Class of 2013.
Culp was originally drafted into the old American Football League (AFL) by the Denver Broncos, but they traded him to Kansas City in his rookie season — an event that “changed the whole course of my professional football career,” he said Saturday night.
After the trade, Culp crafted a long, productive career as a defensive tackle for the Chiefs (1968-1974), Houston Oilers (1974-1980) and Detroit Lions (1980-1981). In 1975, he earned defensive MVP honors from the Newspaper Enterprise Association.
“You know, this is an occasion that has long been in my dreams, and now lives in reality,” Culp said during his induction speech. “I cannot express how glorious a feeling this is for me and my family, who have long hoped with me that this day would come. So to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame gives me joy and inspiration that will last the rest of my life.”
In his speech, Culp thanked the late Hank Stram and Bum Phillips — “two of the greatest coaches a player could ever work with,” he said.
During the ceremony, Culp was introduced by his son, Chad and now becomes the 13th player in the Hall that played at least part of their career with the Chiefs. Former coaches Stram and Marv Levy are in the Hall as well as Chiefs founder and owner, the late Lamar Hunt.
Chiefs in the Hall:
- Marcus Allen (1993-1997)
- Bobby Bell (1963-1974)
- Junious (Buck) Buchanan (1963-1975)
- Curley Culp (1968-1974)
- Len Dawson (1963-1975)
- Lamar Hunt (1959-2006)
- Willie Lanier (1967-1977)
- Marv Levy (1978-1982)
- Joe Montana (1993-94)
- Warren Moon (1999-2000)
- Willie Roaf (2002-05)
- Jan Stenerud (1967-1979)
- Hank Stram (1960-1974)
- Emmitt Thomas (1966-1978)
- Derrick Thomas (1989-1999)
- Mike Webster (1989-1990)
Non-players in bold.
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