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It's Curley Culp Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown

#85 multi-sport athlete.

Former Broncos coach Lou Saban was best known for saying "Half a loaf is better than none" after a 10-10 tie in 1971 against the Miami Dolphins in which he chose to run out the clock rather than attempt to drive for a winning score.

That contributed to his getting fired, but a move he made in 1968 affected the Broncos in a much more negative way. In the second round, the Broncos drafted a physical specimen who was also an NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion out of Arizona State, Curley Culp. So far, so great.

But Saban, also the Broncos' general manager, deemed the 6-1, 265-pound Culp too short to play defensive tackle, so he decided to move him to offensive guard. Culp wanted no part of that, and Saban traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs.


All Culp did for the Chiefs, and then the Houston Oilers, as a defensive lineman, was make the Pro Bowl six times. He was the 1975 NFL defensive player of the year and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

Now, back to his younger wrestling days. He didn't lift weights through high school, and he really didn't need to, because he developed his phenomenal strength working on his father's pig farm in southwest Arizona. The Yuma Sun wrote: "Once Culp, a heavyweight, shed his robe, the opposing crowd would voice a collective gasp that resonated throughout the gymnasium."

Culp won two Arizona state titles, three WAC titles and one NCAA title, during an unbeaten season. In those days, there was just one NCAA meet, and Culp defeated Adams State's Nick Carollo in the national championship match, pinning him in 51 seconds. Also on the podium at heavyweight was Tom Beeson of Western State, who placed fifth and went on to coach at Pomona High School in Arvada for many years.

On deck: Surf's up!

[Post edited by BuffsIn2019 at 06/07/2019 12:10AM]

Posted: 06/06/2019 at 12:07AM


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