Arizona State All-American and national heavyweight champion Curley Culp dies at 75

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Curley Culp, the most multifaceted athlete to come from Arizona State, who achieved the lofty goals of becoming an NCAA wrestling champion and an All-American as a nose tackle, has from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

His wife, Colette Bloom Culp, announced the death on his Twitter account on Saturday morning.

The Yuma native had a prolific career in the pros, playing 14 NFL seasons on the Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers, and Detroit Lions before retiring after the 1977 season. On top of making six Pro Bowls, he won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs in 1970.

He is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton after being selected in 2013 for the honor.

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His preps legacy lives on as his name is on the annual Arizona high school football award that goes to the top senior defensive lineman.

Culp announced on Nov. 16 on Twitter that he was suffering from stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“To my followers, family and friends I have stage 4 pancreatic cancer,” Culp tweeted. “Do donate to your local cancer organizations so this dreaded disease is eradicated. Love life, family and friends. pray to God for all physical and spiritual healing. Love, Curley Culp HOF#13.”

Culp, who played under Frank Kush at ASU, was inducted into ASU’s Ring of Honor in 2011.

He was named an All-American and won the NCAA heavyweight title both in 1967. At the NCAA wrestling tournament, Culp won the Gregorian Award, the honor given to the wrestler with the most falls in the least amount of time at the national tournament.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona State legend Curley Culp, 75, dies

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