“To my followers, household and pals I’ve stage 4 pancreatic most cancers. Do donate to your native most cancers organizations so this dreaded illness is eradicated. Love life, household and pals. Folded fingers pray to God for all bodily and religious therapeutic. Love, Curley Culp HOF#13,” he wrote.
Culp was drafted out of Arizona State University the place he was an All-American lineman, by the Denver Broncos within the 1968 NFL draft, after which traded to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier than his rookie season.
After successful a Super Bowl championship and making the Pro Bowl in two of his first six seasons with the Chiefs, Culp was traded to the Houston Oilers in 1974. In Houston, Culp was moved to the nostril sort out place and excelled underneath legendary coach Bum Phillips, making the All-Pro workforce his first 12 months there and being elected to the Pro Bowl for 4 straight years.
Culp performed a season and a half with the Detroit Lions between 1980-81, earlier than retiring from the league.
The 14-year NFL veteran was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, after ending his legendary profession with 68.5 credited sacks in 179 profession video games.
“Curley’s humility and style had been all the time obvious. He liked the Hall of Fame — all the time proudly carrying his Gold Jacket as he visited Canton many occasions following his election in 2013,” the assertion continued. “Our ideas and prayers are with Curley’s spouse, Collette, and their complete household throughout this tough time. The Hall of Fame will endlessly guard his legacy. The Hall of Fame flag will likely be flown at half-staff in Curley’s reminiscence.”
In its assertion, the museum quoted Culp on soccer’s functions off the sector:
“I’ve realized that soccer isn’t just a sport, however a life lesson in what it means to be a workforce participant,” it quoted him as saying. “I’ve realized how ache can construct character and endurance and imagine that life itself is like enjoying a really lengthy and thrilling soccer recreation the place each play can decide the end result.”