Curley Culp, Defensive Anchor of Two Football Teams, Dies at 75

A bruising Hall of Famer, Culp helped lead the Kansas City Chiefs to an upset victory in Super Bowl IV. With the Houston Oilers, he revolutionized the role of nose tackle.

Curley Culp, whose strength, agility and quickness helped him anchor the great defenses of the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers in the 1960s and ’70s and led to his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Saturday in a hospital in Pearland, Texas, south of Houston. He was 75.

His wife, Collette Culp, said the cause was pancreatic cancer.

Culp was a potent force as a defensive tackle. A former college wrestler who stood 6-foot-1 and weighed

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