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Arizona State University ASU legend claims that Curley was so strong that he broke the helmets of three Sun Devil teammates during a football practice.

Curley Culp was already considered quite an athlete by high school in his hometown of Yuma, Arizona.  At 6'1"- 260 lbs., he won back-to-back heavyweight  titles at the 1963 and 1964 Arizona High School State Championships.  

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ASU Homecoming King and Queen 1967
Curley Culp and Carolyn Griez


Following high school, Curley chose Arizona State because the university allowed him the opportunity to compete in both football and wrestling.  Beginning in 1965, Curley was a major force, playing both offensive and defensive lines.  However, it was on defense that Curley would make his mark.

Curley would go on to earn All-WAC honors as a junior in 1966, helping his team overpower opposing offensive lines.  Sun Devil defense showed great improvement with Curley leading the defensive squad, limiting opponents to just 103 yards per game, the third best figure in school history at that point.

ASU Home coming Kin gand Queen Curley Culp and Carolyn Griez

The Sun Devils obliterated opposing run games, holding them to just 79.8 yards per game, still one of only three times in ASU history an opponent  has averaged less than 100 yards-per-game. Curley was at the center of this dominance from his middle guard position, and his play earned him All-WAC honors and a spot on the All-American Team. Click here to download the ASU Press Guide

Curley Culp - Western Athletic Conference CampionWRESTLING
Curley dominated the 1967 NCAA tournament by pinning three of four opponents while capturing the heavyweight title. His unstoppable lateral drop enabled him to become Arizona State's first NCAA champion, winning the Gorriaran Award, the most coveted individual honor given to any college wrestler.

Curley won this prestigious wrestling award  when he pinned Dominic “Nick” Carollo of Adams State in just 51 seconds. Culp Wins the Gorriaran Award Video  As a wrestler, Curley was a three-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Champion, and a two-time qualifier for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Wrestling  Team. Click Here for Curley's ASU Honors and Awards

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: A well-regarded and admired student-athlete, Curley was voted “Male Student with the Best Smile” and Homecoming King” in his senior year.