NFL HOF Curley Culp has stage 4 pancreatic cancer

NFL Hall of Fame defending lineman Curley Culp has announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“For my followers, family, and friends, I have stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “Donate to your local cancer organizations to make this dreaded disease go away. Love life, family and friends. Hands cross pray to God for all physical and mental healing. Love, Curley Culp HOF # 13.”

Arizona State Heavyweight Wrestler National Champion Culp was traded to the Chiefs for their AFC West rival Broncos when he was selected in the second round of the 1968 draft. Denver had tried to replace him as an offensive guard, and after a failed conversion, they sent him to a training camp in Kansas City.

He spent seven years in Kansas City and played in 82 regular season games and five post-season games. He was an important part of the defense, holding seven points for the Vikings in Super Bowl IV and making four total fights during the game.

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After making two Pro Bowls in the first six seasons in the Kansas City Chiefs, he was traded to Houston for one of the best deals in Oilers history. In mid-1974, the Oilers sent John Matuszaki to Kansas City to pick him up and a first-round draft selection that ended up as seven-time Pro Bowl adventurer Robert Brazil.

Culp played four consecutive Pro Bowls with the Oilers, including in the 1975 season when he made 11.5 sacks and was selected as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

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Culp played on both Oilers teams that lost to the Steelers in the AFC Championship, which to date are the only professional football teams in Houston to make it to the conference finals.

He ended his NFL career in 1981 at the Detroit Lions.

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Culp was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. In March 2008, he became the 38th Chiefs ’Ring of Honor player, coach or assistant.


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