The Kansas City Chiefs former defensive tackle, Curley Culp, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class, but offensive tackle, Will Shields, will have to wait at least one more year to get in.
Culp will be enshrined on Aug. 3 in Canton, OH with coach Bill Parcells and five other players, wide receiver Cris Carter, guard/tackle Larry Allen, tackle Jonathan Ogden, linebacker Dave Robinson, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said this about Culp upon hearing the news of his selection to the Hall: "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. We look forward to seeing him take his rightful place in Canton."
Culp, who played for the Chiefs from 1968 to 1974, was a dominating force in the middle of the defensive line for arguably one of the all-time great defenses in the NFL. That defense also featured Hall-of-Famers Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, and Emmitt Thomas. With Culp’s selection to the Hall, that means that five of the 11 starters from that defense are now enshrined. Current Chiefs fans can only sit and dream about a defense like that roaming Arrowhead.
The only downside to the group selected to the Hall for Chiefs fans is that long-time guard Shields (1993 – 2006) did not make it in, but this class is already dominated by two more visible offensive linemen. Ogden was the first-ever selection of the Baltimore Ravens franchise and is widely considered to be one of the best offensive left tackles of the modern era. Allen was one of the brightest stars of the Dallas Cowboy dynasty of the 1990’s and seemingly was on national television every week for a decade.
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