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Curley Culp passed away at 75

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Curley Culp passed away at 75

Curley Culp passed away at 75

NFL Hall of Fame, Curley Culp passed away at the age of 75 in a hospital in Pearland, Texas, South Houston. His wife Colette Culp confirmed that the cause of death was pancreatic cancer, reports football news. His strength, agility and quickness helped him to great defenses of the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers in the 1960s and 1970s led to his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Culp was as successful in Houston as he was in Kansas City. Led by coach Bum Phillips, the Oilers played a 3–4 defense, which included three linemen and four defenders. As a nose tackle – located between the two defensive ends and opposite the center – Culp revolutionized the situation and had its best season in 1975 with an 11 sack. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Newspaper Enterprise Association and he was selected to four more Pro Bowls.

Culp remained an integral part of the Oilers’ defense in the 1978 and 1979 seasons, both participating in American Football Conference championship games, each ending in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oilers left him in the 1980 season and signed with the Detroit Lions, then played with them until the 1981 season before retiring.

One of his Oilers allies, defensive Alvin Bethea, another Hall of Fame member, described Culp in action. “Curley had those rough, ugly forearms that were hard as stones,” he told The Chronicle. “He will use those forelimbs to hit the centers on the side of her head. He would unbalance them and prick their ears.”

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