Curley Culp, former NFL linebacker, dies aged 75

Curley Culp played for the St Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Washington Redskins from 1958 to 1978

Former NFL linebacker Curley Culp has died at the age of 75.

Culp, a two-time All-Pro in 1963 and 1965, went on to captain the Washington Redskins between 1979 and 1981 and be a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 1982.

Washington said in a statement: “We have lost a big part of our history.”

Culp also played for the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and St Louis Cardinals, the team where he won two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968.

Culp was arrested in 2010 and charged with involuntary manslaughter. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to two lesser charges of reckless homicide and reckless driving.

Washington chief executive Bruce Allen said: “We join with all Redskins fans in mourning Curley’s passing.

“As a player he was a fierce competitor, a great leader on the field, and a model citizen who continued his fight in the fight against child abuse throughout his life.”

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