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Kansas City ChiefsIn 1968, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Hank Stram seized the opportunity to trade for Curley Culp from the Denver Broncos.  Assigning him #61, Curley launched his defensive career alongside Junious “Buck” Buchanan [#86].  With this indomitable twosome in place, the Chiefs created the Triple Stack defense, a four-man front with Culp lined-up on the nose in front of Willie Lanier #63. 

Curley Culp - Kansas City Chiefs


Superbowl IV A former teammate on the Chiefs with Curley during the 1969-70 football season, Emmitt Thomas [#18] and a 2008 Hall of Famer, recalls that Curley "...was a building block in the middle of our defense, along with Bobby Bell [#78] and Willie Lanier.  He was very intelligent, strong, quick ... and he was ornery as hell. He competed to the max."

Sacks were not an official statistic during Curley’s career in Kansas City from 1968-74, but unofficially, he had 8.5 sacks in 1969 and 7.5 in 1972.

In the 1969 AFL Championship Game in Oakland, California, (the last AFL title game before the NFL-AFL merger), Curley made four solo tackles, assisted on two tackles and had a sack as the Chiefs beat Oakland 17-7 and advanced to Super Bowl IV.

The Kansas City Chiefs dominating defense held the line against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, in one of the most memorable games in pre-NFL history.  Vikings center, Michael “Mick” Tingelhoff #53 met with Curley’s massive strength and size, ensuring that the Vikings were unable to move the ball.  The Chiefs easily pulled out a 23-7 win at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, January 11, 1970.

During the middle of the 1974 season, surprisingly Hank Stram traded Curley to the Houston Oilers for John Matuszak and a #1-draft choice. Considered one of the most uneven trades in NFL history, at age 28, Curley was just getting his second wind. Curley Culp is now the 10th member of the Kansas City Chiefs to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

Curley started at defensive tackle on Kansas City's Super Bowl IV squad, helping the Chiefs earn a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings and is now the fifth member of that Super Bowl team to be enshrined into Canton.  Recognizing his contributions to the Kansas City Chiefs from 1968-1974, the Chiefs inducted Curley Culp into its Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor in 2008.

Little Known Fact: Curley became an avid racquetball player in KC, becoming a force on the court with a mean "Kill Shot".

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