NFL notebook: Ex-Sun Devil Culp joins Hall of Fame

2013-08-04T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Ex-Sun Devil Culp joins Hall of FameThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona State star Curley Culp, a member of the dynamic Kansas City Chiefs defense that won a Super Bowl, was one of seven inductees into the the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Culp was one of the game's most dominant defensive tackles for much of his 14 pro seasons. In the 1969 season, he helped lead a defensive unit that carried the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win over Minnesota.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Culp was one of the original players at his position to be a threat as a pass rusher.

An amateur wrestler with a national reputation, Culp learned about speed and leverage during his time at Arizona State. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos, but was ultimately shipped to the Chiefs after a failed attempt to transition from the defensive line to offensive guard.

The problem was that Culp was just over 6 feet and weighed about 265 pounds, which even in those days was considered too small to play defensive tackle. But when he arrived in Kansas City, where there was a pressing need to plug the middle of the line, Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram decided to tailor the defense to his new addition and lined Culp up against opposing centers.

"I guess I proved them wrong," he said with a chuckle. "A little fireplug, that's me."

The "fireplug" was joined by Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson, Larry Allen, Bill Parcells and Warren Sapp in the 50th induction class on Saturday.

More than 120 hall members, a record, and a crowd of 11,500 were on hand at Fawcett Stadium for the golden anniversary celebration of the shrine.

Cardinals' Peterson up for more action

GLENDALE - Patrick Peterson is catching passes, throwing some and running with the ball during training camp.

No doubt about it, new Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has plans for the dynamic player on offense.

In his first two NFL seasons, Peterson made the Pro Bowl as a punt returner, then as a cornerback. He remains a shutdown cornerback, first and foremost. And he still plans to return punts.

But Arians says Peterson is too talented to be standing on the sideline all the time when the Cardinals have the ball.

Peterson is all for it.

"I'm pretty dynamic with the ball in my hands," he said. "I'm not saying the offense needs help. They have great talent over there. But I guess (Arians) just wanted more explosive plays from guys that could help."

Extra points

• Quarterback Kevin Kolb's chances of earning the Buffalo Bills' starting job were nearly upended by a wet and slippery rubber mat. Kolb, a former Cardinal who is locked in a competition with rookie E.J. Manuel, avoided serious injury to his left knee when he slipped and stumbled awkwardly while switching fields between practice drills Saturday.

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